Trump commutes sentence of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
DETROIT (AP) - President Donald Trump has commuted former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's sentence, who was sentenced to 28 years in prison for approximately seven years for corruption.
The Wednesday morning announcement was part of a spate of mercy actions in the final hours of Trump's White House tenure that benefited more than 140 people, including rap performers, ex-Congressmen and other allies of Trump and his family.
A White House statement said that prominent members of the Detroit community supported the former Democratic mayor's commutation, and it reads: "During his incarceration, Mr. Kilpatrick taught public speaking classes and conducted Bible study groups with fellow inmates."
Kilpatrick, 50, had also asked for Trump's help to get out of prison.
U.S. attorney Matthew Schneider, who has long argued that Kilpatrick should not be released early, has blown the commutation decision, the Detroit Free Press reported. The Detroit state attorney said Kilpatrick's original verdict was "very appropriately".
“My position as the embarrassed former Detroit mayor has not changed. Kwame Kilpatrick earned every day he served in federal prison for the terrible crimes he committed against the people of Detroit, ”Schneider said. "He is a notorious and unrepentant criminal."
Kilpatrick was convicted of conspiracy, fraud, extortion and tax crimes in 2013. The government called it the "Kilpatrick Company," a year-long program to shake off contractors and reward allies.
Kilpatrick's lawyers had asked for a 15-year sentence. However, US District Judge Nancy Edmunds agreed with the prosecutors and ordered an extraordinary 28-year term.
Kilpatrick had been approved for release in 2037. He was detained in federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana, according to the US Prison Bureau.
In May, Kilpatrick was denied house arrest during the coronavirus pandemic.
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