Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick leaves prison Tuesday

Aug 1, 2011

At 6:30 AM Tuesday, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will once again be a free man.  A judge sentenced  Kilpatrick to prison for a probation violation in May, 2010.  

Kwame Kilpatrick was ordered to pay one million dollars in restitution as part of his guilty plea to obstruction of justice charges while he was Detroit mayor.   The same judge later determined that Kilpatrick was hiding his assets to avoid paying the restitution.    He still owes more than 800 thousand dollars in restitution.  

Kilpatrick is expected to leave the state for his new home in Texas.   But his legal problems will soon bring him back.  The former Detroit mayor is scheduled to go on trial next summer on federal corruption charges. 

Next week, Kilpatrick’s autobiography will go on sale.   A website promoting the book claims Kwame Kilpatrick opens up about his rise to political power and his fall from grace.