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Kwame Kilpatrick: Former Detroit Mayor Sentenced to Prison for Probation Violation in Sex, Lies Case

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is placed in handcuffs at his sentencing hearing in Detroit (AP/Paul Sancya)
DETROIT (CBS/AP) A judge has sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to up to five years in prison for violating the terms of his probation, stemming from his conviction for lying under oath about an affair with his chief of staff.

Kilpatrick had testified in a whistle-blower lawsuit that he was not romantically involved with his chief of staff, but text messages between the two later showed he was lying.

At Tuesday's sentencing hearing, Kilpatrick asked Judge David Groner to show him compassion. But Groner said "that ship has sailed."

Kilpatrick, the father of three young sons, was led from the courtroom in handcuffs.

Groner ruled last month that the 39-year-old Kilpatrick failed to report all of his assets and meet other conditions of his probation.

"Your continued attempt to cast yourself as the victim, your lack of forthrightness, your lack of contriteness and lack of humility ... clearly rehabilitation has failed," Groner told Kilpatrick after the former mayor spent about 15 minutes explaining why he should be allowed to return to his family in Dallas.

Upon pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in 2008, Kilpatrick resigned from the mayor's post, served 99 days in jail, and agreed to repay the city $1 million and to stay out of politics for five years.


  • Edecio Martinez

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