Ex-sheriff’s appeal delayed as appeals judges cite conflicts


ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — The appeal of a former southeast Ohio sheriff convicted of corruption is being rescheduled because judges on the appeals panel have cited conflicts in the case.

The Athens Messenger reports (http://bit.ly/2a9XxSx ) two of the four judges on the Fourth District Court of Appeals are recusing themselves due to conflicts in the case. The panel was set to hear the case Thursday.

Former Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly was accused of pocketing cash by selling county vehicles to a salvage yard and spending public money on clothes and meals. He was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison.

But his attorney argued there was insufficient evidence to convict him on charges, including theft and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

It’s unclear when the panel will hear the appeal.

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Information from: The Athens Messenger, http://www.athensmessenger.com/