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Detroit’s ex-mayor sent to jail

Wed., Oct. 29, 2008

DETROIT – A judge sentenced former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to four months in jail Tuesday for a sex-and-text scandal, calling him “arrogant and defiant” and questioning the sincerity of a guilty plea that ended his career at City Hall.

Kilpatrick, a Democrat, declined to speak in court, but his lawyers urged the judge to look at his entire career, not just the crimes that threw local government into disarray for months.

The punishment was part of a plea agreement worked out last month. Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner followed that deal but said Kilpatrick would not get time off for good behavior, potentially up to 20 days in this case.

“When someone gets 120 days in jail, they should get 120 days in jail,” Groner said.

Kilpatrick was taken across the street to the county jail, where he will spend 23 hours a day in a private cell.

As he was being led away, he yelled out to supporters: “You all take it easy.”

They responded: “Be strong, Mayor. We love you, Mayor. We got your back, Mayor.”

Kilpatrick admitted lying while testifying last year in a civil lawsuit filed by former police officers who accused him of illegally demoting or firing them.


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