Ex-Detroit Mayor Gets 18 Months To Five Years In Prison For Violating Probation

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May 25, 2010 6:48 a.m.
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Disgraced ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced today to 18 months to five years in prison for violating his probation by not disclosing assets as required under a plea deal.

Judge David Groner slammed Kilpatrick in court today, saying that “your testimony in this court amounted to perjury” and that “the initial 120 days incarceration did nothing to rehabilitate you.”

“Probation is no longer an option,” Groner said. “That ship has sailed.”Groner had ruled last month that Kilpatrick had violated his probation. Before the probation issue ever came up, the ex-mayor had served 99 days in prison after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice and admitting he lied under oath, in part to conceal an extra-marital affair with a top aide.

Since then, the ex-mayor has been slow to pay $1 million in restitution to the city of Detroit — required as part of a 2008 settlement. But Kilpatrick had reportedly been making monthly payments of just $3,000 while he and his wife had other assets, lived in a rented mansion and drove high-end SUVs.

“Most compelling is that you lied to this court, continue to lie, after you pleaded guilty to lying,” Groner said today.

[TPM PHOTO FEATURE: The Kwame Texts]

Check out TPMmuckraker’s full coverage of Kilpatrick here.

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