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Former Detroit Mayor's Father Hopes for Light Sentence

Former Detroit Mayor's Father Hopes for Light Sentence

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.

 

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