Kwame Kilpatrick Sentenced to 28 Years – Did Race Play A Factor? (SURVEY)


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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