Kwame Kilpatrick, Disgraced Detroit Mayor, Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison

by Sterling Beard

Kwame Kilpatrick, former Democratic mayor of Detroit, was sentenced today to 28 years in prison for corruption.

The disgraced mayor, who served from 2002 until 2008, was convicted in March on two-dozen counts, including racketeering conspiracy, fraud, and extortion. During his tenure, the 43-year-old also spent $840,000 beyond his salary and attempted to fix deals for a friend, Bobby Ferguson, who received millions of dollars in work done for the city’s water department.

Kilpatrick resigned five years ago after the Detroit Free Press published sexually explicit text messages he had exchanged with his top aide, Christine Beatty. The texts revealed that the two lied about having an intimate relationship while testifying in a police whistle-blower trial. He pleaded guilty in the resulting perjury case.

The sentence matches what prosecutors had asked for; the defense had recommended a sentence of no more than 15 years. 

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