“It’s over,” stated Ex-Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, after receiving a 28-year sentence for corruption in government from Federal Judge, Nancy Edmunds at the courthouse downtown, Oct. 10, according to several media sources.
A jury found Kwame Kilpatrick guilty of Federal Corruption several months ago, and the day of reckoning has come. U.S. Attorney, Barbara McQuade highlighted the events inside the courtroom, she stated, “This is a very significant day in the city of Detroit….this is a historic day in Detroit…(we’re about) honest government that the people deserve.”
McQuade explained to the media that Kwame asked for forgiveness, but did not take responsibility as he addressed the court, before sentencing.
For now, Kilpatrick is in federal custody awaiting the location where he will serve his prison term.
Kilpatrick has a wife, Carlita Kilpatrick and three sons, and it is common for the defendant to request that he serve his time in prison near his family. This could be one consolation to the family. A comment from Kilpatrick's Pastor, Bishop J. Drew Sheard said, "...the sentence was a little stringent..."
The U.S. Attorney’s office made it clear that corruption will not be tolerated in government officials who hold the people’s trust.
Lastly, McQuade commended Mayor Dave Bing for restoring trust to the Mayoral office.