Social media pics show Kilpatrick at Detroit barbershop
Less than two weeks after his release from federal prison, Kwame Kilpatrick may have made a brief comeback in the town he once led as mayor.
The Detroit native was featured in a photo posted on Friday’s Instagram page of Al Wilson, who is listed as a member of a local hair salon called Cut It Out International.
The previous Friday, there was a video on the page showing Kilpatrick, dressed in a red hoodie, scribbling on a message board with a marker. The headline reads, “Welcome Home Brother!”
The gig would be his first publicly known return to Detroit since outgoing President Donald Trump commuted Kilpatrick’s verdict last week and rescued him from a prison in a minimal security prison in Oakdale, Louisiana. Kilpatrick remained in prison for 16 years after receiving recognition in prison for good behavior.
After Kilpatrick was found guilty in public office of launching a extortion and bribery program, he was sentenced to 28 years in prison in 2013, the longest prison sentence in a federal corruption case in US history.
Less than 24 hours after the commutation, Kilpatrick again met with relatives at the Atlanta airport and then appeared in a photo with his father Bernard, who lives near the Atlanta area of Fayetteville, Georgia, half an hour from Cheeks Kilpatrick .
Bernard Kilpatrick himself was serving a brief 10-month prison sentence on tax charges after jury failed to reach consensus on City Hall corruption on whether he had participated in the conspiracy led by his son.
Before the federal corruption case came in sight, Kilpatrick resigned in 2008 after a text messaging scandal exposed an illegal affair with his then chief of staff Christine Beatty, who now lives in Midtown, Atlanta. Beatty spent 69 days in jail after pleading guilty to obstructing justice on the matter.
In the days after his release, Kilpatrick’s sons and nephews could be seen on social media along with Beatty’s kids saying, “It’s a celebration” as they cheered #FreeKwame for drinks at an Airbnb in Barnesville, Georgia.