Prison sentence sought for Kwame Kilpatrick's dad

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DETROIT (AP) Federal prosecutors are recommending prison next week for the father of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Bernard Kilpatrick was convicted of a single tax crime by the same jury that convicted his son and contractor Bobby Ferguson of more serious crimes. The government is asking for a sentence Thursday of somewhere from 27 to 33 months.

Bernard Kilpatrick was charged with racketeering conspiracy, but the jury couldn't reach a verdict. He was acquitted of attempted extortion.

Nonetheless, the government says there's evidence to show the 72-year-old Bernard Kilpatrick worked closely with Kwame Kilpatrick to strong-arm people who wanted city work.

The government says Bernard Kilpatrick made cash deposits of $605,000 during that period. Kilpatrick's lawyer says he was a legitimate consultant.

Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison.


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