Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is currently serving a 28-year sentence has been granted an early release from prison.
According to a release published by the Ebony Foundation, Kilpatrick will be released after serving seven years of his sentence that was scheduled to be completed by 2037.
Kilpatrick, who rose to prominence on the national political scene in 2002 after becoming the youngest mayor in Detroit’s history, was convicted on 24 counts, including racketeering, extortion, attempted extortion, bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud and filing false tax returns.
Unlike most white-collar convictions, Kilpatrick was denied bond while his case was on appeal and was imprisoned immediately following his conviction where he has served time since the day his guilty verdict on March 11, 2013.
In a recent editorial, the Michigan Chronicle called for Kilpatrick’s release.
“The Michigan Chronicle believes he has done enough time and deserves to be set free to live the rest of his life in peace, freedom, and with his children.
Whether it is granted by the present occupant of the White House or whoever follows him, the former Detroit mayor deserves clemency.”
Further details of Kilpatrick’s release are not yet known.