Friday, October 11, 2013
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has been convicted of public corruption, has been sentenced to 28 years in federal prison. His attorney had asked the court for a maximum sentence of 15 years given his "disgraced and destitute" client’s contributions to the city, but the judge sentenced Kilpatrick based upon the prosecutor’s recommendation for public corruption.
"One thing is certain," the judge said. "It was the citizens of Detroit who suffered." He added that Kilpatrick "used his power as mayor... to steer an astounding amount of business to [his friends].”
Justifying her sentencing, she also pointed to testimony from witnesses that Kilpatrick lived "the high life", and "chose to waste his talents on personal aggrandizement and enrichment."
The judge also noted that Kilpatrick took responsibility for his actions in court today, but he took responsibility for his actions, but throughout the trial he had shown little remorse.
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