Trump commutes sentence of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
President Donald Trump commuted former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s jail sentence to one of his last acts, 16 years before Kilpatrick was due to be released from prison, the White House said early Wednesday morning.
Kilpatrick was roughly seven years in prison for his role in a blackmail and bribery program during his tenure.
“President Trump reversed the verdict of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Malik Kilpatrick. This conversion is strongly supported by prominent members of the Detroit community,” the White House said in a statement.
“… Mr. Kilpatrick spent approximately 7 years in prison for serving in public office. During his incarceration, Mr. Kilpatrick taught public speaking classes and led Bible study groups with his colleague in inmates.”
The move comes with pardons for 73 people and 69 other commutations, the White House said.
Fifty-year-old Kilpatrick was convicted of two dozen cases in 2013 for using his positions as mayor and state representative to lead a decades-long criminal bully with extortion, bribery, conspiracy and fraud. The 28-year prison sentence linked Ohio County politician Jimmy Dimora to the longest federal sentence for a corrupt official in US history.
The move ends speculation about whether Kilpatrick would be released early due to health issues and COVID-19, and amid the push from supporters, including businessman Peter Karmanos, who stood up for Trump, arguing Kilpatrick didn’t do anything wrong or was too bad Wrongly punished.
In May, the Ebony Foundation, a national nonprofit that had been pushing for his release for months, released a press release referring to Kilpatrick’s expected release. The announcement was supported by MP Karen Whitsett, D-Detroit, who said she spoke with President Donald Trump about Kilpatrick’s release while the president was in Michigan and confirmed it herself to the White House.
Whitsett was with Trump at the White House last year for a meeting of COVID-19 survivors. Whitsett has commended the Republican president for advocating using the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which she was prescribed after she was diagnosed with COVID-19.
According to reports in May, if released, Kilpatrick would move in with his mother near Atlanta, Georgia. In June 2019, she bought a new home for $ 336,848 39 miles south of Atlanta.
Kilpatrick was incarcerated in a low security prison in Oakdale, Louisiana, where his release date was listed as January 18, 2037.
Whenever Kilpatrick leaves prison, the former mayor will face massive financial problems.
He owes approximately $ 11.2 million to the city, the Internal Revenue Service, and others, including businessman Dan Gilbert.
Collecting will be difficult if not impossible.
Kilpatrick said he was broke before being convicted of conspiracy in 2013. In 2018 he had 96 cents in his prison commissioner’s account.