After being convicted on 24 counts of racketeering, fraud and extortion, former mayor of Detroit, Kwame M. Kilpatrick, was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
Prosecutors deemed the “widespread corruption” under Kilpatrick’s leadership created a sinkhole for Detroit’s financial crisis. The New York Times reports that the 43-year-old had legal issues in 2008 when he served four months in jail after pleading guilty to charges of obstruction of justice, and later served time again for “hiding assets from the court and telling a judge that he could afford to pay only $6 a month in restitution.”
“For all the people who feel that I let them down tremendously, for all the people who’s faith and hope I destroyed, for all the people who are living under siege,” Kilpatrick said, “I’m sorry to you.”
Kilpatrick assumed the position of mayor in 2001, becoming the youngest person to hold that office.
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