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article imageDetroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is going to jail

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Sep 4, 2008 in Crime
Today 38-year-old Kwame Kilpatrick plead guilty to two obstruction of justice felony charges. He is forced to resign as mayor of Detroit immediately
Detroit, Michigan -- In a plea deal, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to two obstruction of justice felony charges.
During his plea he stood with a smile on his face most of the time and even joked a few times.
He resigned his office of mayor. He will serve 120 days in jail, be on probation for five years, pay one million dollars restitution, surrender his pension, surrender his law license and may not seek office for 5 years.
Kilpatrick had 10 felony counts against him and has cost the city of Detroit millions of dollars and has brought disgrace to Detroit and the state of Michigan.
Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has joined what more and more leaders and Detroit pastors have been saying to Kilpatrick for some time now. "It is time to step down."
Late Wed. a statement was issued by Obama's camp in response to a Detroit Free Press inquiry by Obama spokesman Brent Colburn, "Sen. Obama believes that Mayor Kilpatrick's ongoing troubles and the serious charges against him have been a distraction that the city cannot afford.
He believes it is time for the mayor to step aside so that the city can move forward and get back to business."
In a separate case on two assault charges he pleaded no contest to one charge which still held a conviction. The second charge being dismissed. As part of the settlement he had to resign. He must submit a letter of resignation within two weeks.
The sentencing of Kilpatrick will be on October 18 at which time he will go directly to jail.
On being questioned after the court proceedings ended Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said there has to be consequences to your actions. She said that all along working out a plea deal she would not budge on a jail sentence.
Update: A copy of Kilpatrick's letter of resignation can be seen here
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