It was recently reported by Buckeye Firearms that an Ohio Sheriff has been indicted on 25 counts by a grand jury. Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly is the same guy that refused to renew the license of many concealed carry permit holders for some very suspicious reasons.
Sheriff Kelly even refused to renew the handgun license rights of a man who had a 10-year-old domestic violence charge that was pleaded down to a conviction for disorderly conduct.
In order for you to qualify for a concealed carry permit in Ohio “you must not be under indictment, be charged with, or convicted of any felony. You also must not be under indictment, charged with, or convicted of any offense that involves trafficking in drugs, a misdemeanor offense of violence, or negligent assault.”
Now that the Sheriff has been indicted on 25 counts, including several felonies, it’s a tad ironic that he could have his own concealed carry permit refused.
According to NBC Columbus the Sheriff is facing some serious charges:
According to the indictment, Kelly, 63, was indicted on the following charges:
Three counts of theft in office, a fourth-degree felony
Ten counts of theft in office, a fifth-degree felony
Four counts of theft, a fifth-degree felony
One count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first-degree felony
One count of money laundering, a third-degree felony
One count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony
One count of tampering with records, a third-degree felony
One count of perjury, a third-degree felony
One count of failure to keep cashbook, an unclassified felony
One count of obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor
One count of dereliction of duty, a second-degree misdemeanor
Kelly, who is in his 6th year as sheriff, released the following statement Friday afternoon, less than an hour before Attorney General Mike DeWine made an announcement regarding the investigation:
“Sadly, the Attorney General’s obsession with following a political agenda suggest that their leadership is not up to the kind of honest investigation and oversight that would lead to a clear and just assessment of the facts presented.”I have not committed or attempted to commit a criminal act nor have any of my employees.
“After two years of accusations and suppositions in an attempt to overturn the results of this past election, in which the majority of Athens County voters cast their confidence in me, we will now discuss this injustice in a court setting where the facts will be presented.”
The indictment covers incidents that allegedly occurred January 2008 through September 2013.
DeWine said that 25 witness statements solidify the state’s case against Kelly.
“This is a public corruption case. This is a serious case. What we allege is a pattern, a long-standing pattern,” DeWine said.
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