The former Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, will be back in court to be sentenced on Oct. 10, on 24 counts of bribery, extortion, racketeering, fraud and tax evasion. Kilpatrick was convicted on all 24 counts by a jury back in March.
That trial lasted for more than five months, according to USA Today.
The disgraced former city official is looking at anywhere from 15 to 28 years behind bars.
While arguing for the 28 year sentence, U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade wrote:
"Kilpatrick's crimes put him at the very top of the most significant municipal corruption cases in this country in decades."
"City government essentially became up for grabs for the right price."
Kilpatrick’s fall from grace began in 2008 after the media published “text messages showing he had lied on the witness stand in a whistle-blower lawsuit.”
After that initial incident, Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstructing justice and stepped down as Detroit’s Mayor.
That obstruction charge opened the floodgates for an investigation into his dealings that prosecutors would eventually refer to as "the Kilpatrick Enterprise."
When it was all said and done, “more than 20 people would plead guilty or be convicted of crimes related to the probe;” and his humiliated mother, Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, would resign her seat in the U.S. Congress.
For more on Kilpatrick’s trial, see the video accompanying this article.
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