DETROIT “Former mayor of Detroit.” Kuame Kilpatrick will be released from prison after serving a seven-year sentence for his role in a major corruption scandal after President Donald Trump changed his sentence late Tuesday night.
“President Trump has commuted the sentence of former Detroit Mayor Kuame Malik Kilpatrick,” according to the White House. “This commutation is strongly supported by prominent members of the Detroit community, Alveda King, Alice Johnson, Diamond and Silk, Pastor Paula White, Peter Carmanos, Sherry Gay-Danigo of the Michigan House of Representatives, Karen Whitset of the House of Representatives. of Michigan and more than 30 religious leaders. Mr. Kilpatrick spent about seven years in prison for his role in racketeering and bribery while in public office. During his imprisonment, Mr. Kilpatrick taught public speaking lessons and led Bible study groups with his prisoners. “
In October 2020, Kilpatrick̵
As of Sunday night, the date of Kilpatrick’s release was still set for January 18, 2037, in the Prison Bureau Directory of Prisoners. Earlier this year, Kilpatrick’s family believed he would be released due to concerns about COVID-19, but the request was denied by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Kilpatrick, 50, is serving a 28-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Oakdale, Louisiana.
Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison in 2013 after being convicted of racketeering, mail fraud and wire fraud, among other charges. He has been fighting his sentence ever since. The Sixth District Court of Appeal dismissed his initial conviction and sentence. In 2017, he filed a new request for release from his prison sentence and this was denied by a district court judge.
In 2019, he was again dismissed by the 6th District Court of Appeal. In 2018, Kilpatrick wrote a letter to President Donald Trump asking for the sentence to be commuted.
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In January 2020, billionaire Peter Carmanos, a longtime friend of Kilpatrick, said he was working to obtain a pardon for president of the former mayor. Karmanos spoke on a Charlie LeDuff podcast, hinting that Kilpatrick was the victim of a political conspiracy and would use his influence with President Donald Trump to release him from prison.
In February 2020, Detroit Secretary of State Sherry Gay-Danyogo attended the National African-American History Festival at the White House after discussions with President Trump’s team on the Kilpatrick issue. Gay-Dagnogo brought a letter signed by politicians and pastors across the country requesting a change in sentence.
In May, despite his family’s belief that he would be released, Kilpatrick’s request for early release due to COVID-19 was rejected by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Kilpatrick was mayor of Detroit from 2002 to 2008. He resigned in 2008 following a corruption scandal. Prior to serving as mayor, Kilpatrick served in the Michigan House of Representatives.
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