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Appeals court says Kwame Kilpatrick's conviction and sentence will stand

Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
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Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the corruption conviction and 28-year prison sentence of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

In 2013, Kilpatrick was convicted of two dozen crimes, from tax evasion to bribery. A jury found that he rigged contracts, took bribes and committed other corrupt acts.

Kilpatrick's appeal centered on an alleged conflict among his trial attorneys, among other reasons.

A three-judge panel at the appeals court said Friday there were no grounds to upset the outcome, although Kilpatrick's restitution will be revisited.

The 45-year-old Kilpatrick is at a federal prison in Oklahoma. He quit the mayor's office in 2008 during a different scandal.

His friend, Bobby Ferguson, was sentenced to 21 years in prison. The evidence showed he received city contracts due to his connection to Kilpatrick. 

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