Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison by Judge Nancy Edmunds this afternoon for his 24 convictions of corruption while in office. Edmunds had said the prosecution’s desire for 28 years was reasonable, according to the bloggers in the courtroom. Edmunds said the legislative guideline of 30 years seemed appropriate for his crimes but opted for the prosecution's recommendation. Defense attorneys had asked for just 15 years.
Cameras were not allowed in the courtrooms today so the broadcast media sent representatives into the courtroom where they tweeted or blogged the day’s comments.
Kilpatrick showed little remorse according to those in the courtroom although he did make a brief statement that he was sorry for “his role” in the condition of the city today, apparently referring to the city's bankruptcy filing.
Edmunds focused on the lack of transparency in the Kilpatrick administration citing his silence until the media uncovered facts about the corruption rampant during his time as mayor.
In addition to the time he will be serving he will need to make restitution to the city. However Edmunds deferred her decision until a later date.
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