DETROIT — Last week, former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the federal corruption case. Kilpatrick was convicted of extortion, racketeering, conspiracy and fraud charges. Kilpatrick is 43.
“I’m ready to go so the city can move on,” Kilpatrick told the judge during his sentencing. “The people here are suffering, they’re hurting. A great deal of that hurt I accept responsibility for.”
Kilpatrick was elected in 2002. At 31, he was the city’s youngest mayor and served until 2008 when he resigned after a text message scandal.
In January of 2008 the story broke — Kilpatrick and Chief of Staff Christine Beatty had lied under oath about their extra-marital affair. The Kilpatrick administration settled a lawsuit that would have kept text messages sealed. Later, both Beatty and Kilpatrick pleaded to obstruction of justice felonies in connection to the text message cover-up.
At the same time, the federal government was investigating the Kilpatrick administration. In 2010, Kilpatrick was later indicted along with city contractor Bobby Ferguson.
Eighteen Kilpatrick officials have been convicted of corruption.
Ferguson was sentenced to 21 years.
— Staff report