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Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sentenced to prison

By Cynthia Trowbridge     May 25, 2010 in Crime
Detroit - Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 1 1/2 to five years in prison this morning for violating the terms of his probation on an obstruction of justice conviction.
When Judge David Groner announced the sentence of a maximum five years in prison there was a loud gasp heard in the courtroom. As Kilpatrick stood facing Judge Groner he appeared to be shaken.
Groner sentenced Kilpatrick to a minimum of 1 1/2 years in prison but said he would receive credit for 120 days of time he had already served in jail. He was informed that he would still have to pay the the remaining balance of the $1 million still owed to the city of Detroit.
As reported by, Judge Groner told Kilpatrick, "Your continued attempt to cast yourself as the victim, your lack of forthrightness, your lack of contriteness and lack of humility ... clearly rehabilitation has failed."
Reported by Groner also told Kilpatrick,"Your testimony in this court amounted to perjury. Most compelling is that you lied to this court, continue to lie, after you pleaded guilty to lying.... The initial 120 days incarceration did nothing to rehabilitate you." Groner also said, "Probation is no longer an option. "That ship has sailed."
Kilpatrick was then ordered to sign papers.
Groner then asked a police officer to secure Kilpatrick and to take him to the back. He was then handcuffed and taken to another room.
Kilpatrick has 42 days to appeal but will remain in custody.
Kilpatrick will now be taken to the Michigan Department of Corrections reception and guidance center in Jackson.
Corrections spokesman John Cordell said, “He will be evaluated and go through the same process as every other inmate. Then we will make a determination of where the best prison for him is.”
He will be there for about 60 days to undergo screenings for mental health, medical, educational, risk and other things.
Cordell said, “His status will certainly play into where he winds up. When you have someone who is higher profile there are things we have to do to ensure the safety of that offender.”
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