Former top Blagojevich adviser Christopher Kelly found dead

September 13, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A key confidant in the federal corruption probe into former Governor Rod Blagojevich, has been found dead of an apparent aspirin overdose on Saturday, law enforcement sources said. A body identified as Christopher Kelly, 51 was brought into the morgue, the examiner’s office said, and hospital officials say he died of salicylate intoxication, used in over-the-counter pain medications, and police are treating the investigation as a possible homicide or suicide.

Kelly was Blagojevich’s “go-to guy” who once was the mastermind of the ex-governor’s lucrative campaign funds and was indicted alongside the governor in April. Kelly, who owns a roofing business, had been indicted three times since 2007 but refused to become a cooperating witness.  Kelly pleaded guilty Tuesday to mail fraud in a scheme involving $8.5 million in fraud at O’Hare Airport, in a surprise move a day before his scheduled trial. Kelly said he was under pressure to cooperate in the federal investigation, but that he refused. He faced five years of prison on top of three more years for tax offenses.



One Response to “Former top Blagojevich adviser Christopher Kelly found dead”

  1. Gerbil on September 13th, 2009 6:37 am

    Oh, great, here we go again. Do we remember that suspicious “suicide” of the Clinton personal attorney a few weeks after BC took office? SSDD. Same shit, different day. Or should we say SS Different A-hole. And I’m not talking about Blago, it looks like this guy, facing long prison term, was going to make a deal. He knew too much about Illinois politicians, OH certainly not the ones who are now in Washington.

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