Former Detroit Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick Sentenced to Jail for 120 Days

October 28, 2008 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

kwame-kilkpatrick-11.jpgFormer Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
was sent to jail for 120 days Tuesday, the finale to a sex scandal that
destroyed his reign at City Hall and threw local government into
disarray for months.

Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner ordered the sentence during a lengthy afternoon hearing, noting Kilpatrick would not be given an opportunity for early release.

Kilpatrick, 38, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice,
admitting he lied about an affair with his chief of staff while
testifying in a civil lawsuit in 2007. He also pleaded no contest to
assaulting a sheriff’s detective.

120-day sentence will run at the same time. He also was ordered to
serve five years of probation and pay the city $1 million in
restitution. Kilpatrick paid $20,000 Tuesday to the City of Detroit as
his downpayment on the restitution.

did not take an opportunity to address the court, saying simply “No I
don’t, your honor,” when asked if he wished to speak.


But Groner took full advantage of his right to speak in ordering the sentence, offering harsh words to Kilpatrick.

what shocked this court and much of the community was your press
conference after your plea hearing,” the judge said. “That night the
community expected to hear a message of humility, remorse and apology.
Instead we heard an arrogant and defiant man who accused the governor,
among others, for his downfall.”

moved the hearing to a larger courtroom to accommodate the news media
and spectators. As he waited for the sentencing hearing to begin,
Kilpatrick sat back with an arm around his wife, Carlita. The ex-mayor
smiled often and chatted with other family members and supporters
seated nearby.

But once the hearing began, Kilpatrick’s demeanor changed. At times, he was seen burying his head in his hands.

was Kilpatrick’s first public forum since the speech to supporters —
referenced by the judge Tuesday — after his guilty plea Sept. 4. In
that address, Kilpatrick lashed out at Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who was holding hearings to remove him from office, and told Detroit, “you done set me up for a comeback.”

His next stop is the Wayne County jail,
just steps from the downtown courthouse, where Kilpatrick will be in
his own cell 23 hours a day. He will not be allowed to mix with other
inmates during his one hour of recreation.

It’s “no country club,” Sheriff Warren Evans said.

a Democrat, admitted lying while testifying last year in a civil
lawsuit filed by former police officers who had accused him of
illegally demoting or firing them.

He and chief of staff Christine Beatty denied having an affair, but text messages obtained by a lawyer in the case — and later the Detroit Free Press — clearly contradicted them.

used their city pagers to arrange trysts and share sexually explicit
desires. A fresh batch of messages was released last week, revealing
that Kilpatrick, married with three children, likely had other lovers.

messages first were publicly disclosed in January by the Free Press.
Beatty quickly resigned but Kilpatrick hung on as mayor, even when
prosecutors filed criminal charges against the pair in March.

saga rolled through spring and summer as Kilpatrick hired a team of
lawyers and public-image specialists and publicly ridiculed the case
against him.

The City Council voted to hold impeachment-style hearings but a judge said it was illegal. Elected officials called on Kilpatrick to step down for the sake of the entire state.

Finally, he agreed to plead guilty and resign only after the governor
began the public hearing in September that could have led to his

Ken Cockrel Jr.
was promoted to mayor from council president. A special election to
fill the balance of Kilpatrick’s term will be held in May after the
field is trimmed to two candidates Feb. 24.

Source: AP

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