Disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will spend 28 years in prison for the widespread corruption that prosecutors say intensified the city’s financial woes.
Judge Nancy Edmunds said Kwame Kilpatrick was convicted of running a criminal enterprise. She said he was corrupt in the state legislature, corrupt as mayor. He misused non-profit funds. The jury found he used civic fund funds for getaways, spa treatments, yoga, summer camp for kids, etc. She said he chose to waste his talents on personal aggrandizement and enrichment.”
Prosecutors asked for a minimum of 28 years in prison, which would rank among the nation’s toughest for major state and local public corruption cases, the NY Times reports. Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 counts in March that included racketeering and extortion.