Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Granted Parole
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been granted parole and will be freed from prison no later than July 24th.
As previously reported, Kilpatrick was sentenced to 18 months to 5 years in prison for violating his probation.
Kilpatrick was scheduled to serve the minimum 1 ½ years in jail.
Kilpatrick was previously ordered to pay the city $1 million in restitution after pleading guilty in 2008 to obstruction of justice.
The former official was forced to resign after a series of graphic text messages surfaced showing he lied under oath about an affair with one of staff members.
Judge Groner previously ruled that Kilpatrick, who was residing in a posh Texas neighborhood, was continuing to lie in court about his assets and failed to meet the terms of his probation.
Not quite serving his whole bid, the Michigan parole board voted Friday to release Kilpatrick.
According to The Associated Press, Kilpatrick’s parole request had been on hold since late May when the board chairman said he wanted more time to understand the federal corruption charges pending against the ex-mayor. People charged with felonies typically aren’t granted parole.
But Kwame Kilpatrick’s troubles are far from over as he’ll face a September 2012 trial on federal tax and fraud charges related to his time at city hall. His father, Bernard, and others are also part of the case.