The father of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is hoping to avoid prison and instead get probation for a tax crime.
Bernard Kilpatrick is back in federal court Thursday for his sentence in a corruption case. The jury acquitted him or couldn't reach a verdict on the most serious charges, convicting him only of failing to report all income for 2005.
The government wants a sentence of two to three years in prison. Despite the jury's work, prosecutors say Bernard Kilpatrick was at the center of crooked deals when his son was mayor.
In a court filing Tuesday, defense attorney John Shea says Kilpatrick was a legitimate consultant. He says probation or a minimal prison sentence seems appropriate for the 72-year-old.
Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison.