The sentencing Thursday of Kwame Kilpatrick caps a saga that has gripped the financially strapped city for a decade and has become a frustrating symbol of Detroit's legacy of corruption.
Disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison, the maximum time sought by federal prosecutors who say he raked the city of nearly $5 million in an extensive racketeering and extortion enterprise benefiting a close circle of family and friends.
Thursday’s sentencing hearing caps a saga that has gripped the financially strapped city for a decade and has become a frustrating symbol of its legacy of corruption.
In her sentencing, US District Judge Nancy Edmunds said Mr. Kilpatrick used “a pattern of threats and pressure” to “steer an astounding amount of business” to his inner circle, and she criticized him for living a lavish lifestyle loaded with perks for his family and friends while the city suffered.
Page 1 of 4