Former Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood and former deputies Robert Sprouse and Johnny Neal have all appealed the sentences given to them two weeks ago by Judge Michelle Childs.

Underwood was found guilty on seven charges at the conclusion of a two-week trial in April of 2021, including a conspiracy charge in relation to wire fraud, federal program theft or falsification of records, civil rights violations (related to the arrest of Kevin Simpson) and additional federal program theft and conspiracy charges. Some of those charges were in relation to having on-duty deputies perform work on his personal property and to having skimmed money from off-duty deputies working ECHO DUI checkpoints. Those were funded by a federal grant that was administered through the local Hazel Pittman Center. He received a sentence of 46 months in prison and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of nearly $30,000. Sentencing for he, Sprouse and Neal was on July 11.

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