Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for corruption, the apparent last step after a series of scandals destroyed his political career and helped steer a crisis-laden city even deeper into trouble.

Kilpatrick was mayor from 2002 until fall 2008, and bilked the city out of  tens of thousands of dollars and traveled the country in private planes.

“I’m ready to go so the city can move on,” Kilpatrick told the judge. “The people here are suffering, they’re hurting. A great deal of that hurt I accept responsibility for.”

Last March, Kilpatrick was convicted of racketeering conspiracy, fraud, extortion and tax crimes.  His schemes included shaking down contractors which was uncovered by his own text messages.

“A man with the charisma and ability of Mr. Kilpatrick chose to use his talents on personal aggrandizement and enrichment when he had the potential to do so much for the city,” Judge Nancy Edmunds said before imposing the sentence. The sentence was a victory for prosecutors, who had recommended Kilpatrick serve at least 28 years in prison, while defense attorneys argued for no more than 15 years.

CBS Detroit reports that Kilpatrick spoke in his own defense immediately before the sentence was handed down, giving a lengthy talk full of apologies and self-reflection in a subdued voice that riveted the packed courtroom and overflow room.

“I just humbly and respectfully ask for a fair sentence … I respect the jury’s verdict. I think your honor knows I have disagreed in terms of the specific things I was found guilty on, but I respect the verdict and I also respect the American justice system,” he said.

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  • He sentence does seem kind of long for a corruption case. I just would have to ask him now “Was it worth it?”

  • Afrostyling

    Good riddance!

  • KB


    I totally agree with everything you just said and I’m not even from Detroit.

    • shaun

      Thanks for that. I only told the God’s honest truth we hate truth I’m keeping it trill as my young contemporaries would say. We can’t let this cancerous things continue. Hell I grew up like the Cosby’s. Most folk were in love with Goodtimes. I cannot relate to to it. I never grew up po I’m sorry for knowing that my Dad and Mom came to my soccer and golf tournaments. Hell they are still married. I’m sorry for being successful.

  • Malik Hemmans

    sounds like a good a*s movie

  • emme

    Detroit has died and he was part of that legacy. He stole money from hardworking people so that his kids could go to private schools, his mistress could go to fancy dinners and yoga and he and his wife could travel in private jets. I have no sympathy for him. So what if it looks like the judge wanted to make an example out of him…guess it’s just his tough luck. The people of Detroit voted for him, trusted in him and stood by him while he walked all over their city like it was a doormat. Boo Bye! His only concern is himself and he knew what he was doing was against the law so even in his statement he lies because he has no respect for anything or anyone.