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No Prison For Former Kilpatrick Aide Cunningham In Detroit Corruption Probe

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A man who admitted he gave kickbacks Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's father won't go to prison.

Marc Cunningham was placed on two years of supervised release Tuesday, similar to probation. Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds said his cooperation during the Kilpatrick corruption investigation and trial was "extraordinary."

Cunningham, who attended college with Kilpatrick and worked at city hall, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 2010.

He said Kilpatrick directed him to give $15,000 to the mayor's dad, Bernard Kilpatrick,while Cunningham was seeking an investment from Detroit's pension funds for a venture capital firm.

Bernard Kilpatrick, now 73,  sold himself as a savvy consultant who could help people cut through red tape if they wanted to bid on city business, the government said. Convicted of a tax crime in 2013 acquitted on more serious charges, he served some jail time and is now out on supervised release.

Meantime, Kwame Kilpatrick remains behind bars in a federal prison in Texas, serving 28 years for racketeering conspiracy and other crimes. The government said he raked in cash through rigged contracts and bribes.

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