As Visiting Judge Patricia A. Cosgrove began reading the individual verdicts of the 25 count indictment against Pat Kelly, the prosecution’s triumph quickly became apparent. Whispers accompanied cameras clicking as guilty verdicts filled the Athens County Courthouse late on Thursday, where involved parties camped out over the past two days in hopes of a prompt decision from the jury.
After Cosgrove thanked and dismissed the jurors, Kelly, his attorney Scott Wood, and the prosecution approached the judge where Kelly was handcuffed and led from the courtroom.
Kelly was convicted on the following counts- eight counts of theft in office, including multiple charges stemming from his sale of county property at McKee Automotive, misuse of Furtherance of Justice funds, meal expenditures, money taken from fundraisers, and cashed campaign checks. One count of perjury, one count of failure to keep a cashbook, three counts of theft related to McKee and the Sheriff’s Office cashbox.
Most severe of the guilty charges was the last count, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, which carries a penalty of no less than five years in prison.
Kelly was found innocent on seven counts, including one count of theft in office, two counts of tampering with records, one count of obstruction of official business, one count of money laundering, and one count of dereliction of duty, and one count of theft.