Months after his 24-count conviction for public corruption, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds today, Oct. 10, to serve 28 years in federal prison.
“I’m ready to go so the city can move on,” Kilpatrick said in court before the sentencing.
Kilpatrick spoke for nearly 30 minutes saying he “absolutely hated his job” six months after taking office in 2002 and put out “an air of false confidence.” He didn’t specifically address his crimes but said he respects the jury’s verdict.
In his statement to the judge Kwame said: “I want the city to heal,” he said. “I want the city to prosper. I want the city to be great in the end.
Kipatrick’s co-defendant, Bobby Ferguson is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday. He was convicted of nine counts of public corruption.
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By Steve Neavling
DETROIT, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Former Detroit Mayor KwameKilpatrick was sentenced by a federal judge on Thursday to 28 years in prison after he was convicted of public corruption including bribery, extortion and racketeering, which prosecutors said had worsened the city’s financial crisis.
Kilpatrick, 43, once seen as a rising star in the Democratic Party, has been in custody since March when he was found guilty on two dozen charges.
Judge Nancy Edmunds said Kilpatrick had headed a conspiracy that spent millions of taxpayer dollars, and said his sentence was intended to send a message that corruption would not be tolerated.
“That way of business is over,” Edmunds said. “We’re done.”
Prosecutors said Kilpatrick, who was mayor from 2002 to 2008, extorted bribes from contractors who wanted to get or keep Detroit city contracts.
Edmunds said Kilpatrick had shown no remorse until Thursday and sentenced him to the minimum term prosecutors had sought. Kilpatrick‘s attorneys had asked for a sentence of no more than 15 years.
Kilpatrick, who told the packed courtroom in a nearly 30 minute address that he was “extremely remorseful,” rested his chin on his palm and closed his eyes after Edmunds pronounced the sentence
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