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