Former Pocomoke City police chief convicted of misconduct in office

SNOW HILL, Md. (AP) — The chief investigator for the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office was convicted Thursday of misconduct in office stemming from his service as an Eastern Shore police chief.

Former Pocomoke City police chief Kelvin Sewell was convicted of misconduct and sentenced to probation. A jury acquitted him on a charge of conspiracy.

Sewell and former Pocomoke Police Lt. Lynell Green were indicted in July on misconduct charges relating to a Nov. 21, 2014, crash.

Green is scheduled to be tried Dec. 19.

Prosecutors say the two pressured subordinate officers to report a hit-and-run incident as a simple accident because the driver was a friend.

Sewell's attorneys have argued in court papers that the prosecution was politically motivated.

Sewell, a former Baltimore homicide detective who was named Pocomoke's first black police chief in 2011, had filed workplace race discrimination complaints and then was fired without explanation in the summer of 2015. He then filed a federal lawsuit against Pocomoke and Worcester County officials.

The criminal charges against him were filed by the state prosecutor's office less than six months after the lawsuit, on allegations that dated to November 2014.

The state prosecutor's office have declined to comment on the accusations.

The Baltimore State's Attorney's Office did not respond to request for comment.

The Associated Press and Justin Fenton contributed to this report.

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