Lawman charged with stealing evidence guns

February 3, 2011 11:45:59 PM PST
A former Houston-area police officer has been convicted on federal firearms and mail fraud charges in the Eastern District of Texas. U.S. Attorney John M. Bales on Thursday said a jury found Harry Leroy Kelley guilty of possessing stolen ammunition and two counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud following a two-week trial.

Prosecutors said Kelley, a long-time police officer in Cleveland, 45 miles northeast of Houston, stole ammunition meant for law enforcement and exchanged it for weapons that he then sold in his private side-business.

The 56-year-old, who is also a former Liberty County sheriff's captain, faces 10 years maximum in federal prison for the firearms conviction and up to five years for each mail fraud conviction. A sentencing date has not been set.