Kwame Kilpatrick Sentenced to 28 Years, ‘I Really, Really, Really Messed Up’

Christy Strawser, CBS Detroit, October 10, 2013

Once a popular young politician, disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was ordered to spend 28 years behind bars on his convictions for racketeering, bribery, extortion and tax crimes.

“I think everyone here understands Mr. Kilpatrick was convicted of running a criminal enterprise,” Judge Nancy Edmunds said, adding the enterprise started while he was still in the state House of Representatives and continued through all six years he was in the mayor’s office. Edmunds said the scheme to steer contracts to pal Bobby Ferguson made projects more costly for a city that couldn’t afford it and drove contractors out of business.

The judge laid bare the accusations against Kilpatrick of fake jobs for family and friends, lavish parties, pay to play schemes, and secret affairs, saying he “has generally shown little remorse” for a bevy of infractions. She said it was sad he chose to “waste his talent on personal enrichment and aggrandizement,” when he had so many talents that could have helped the city.

Edmunds called it “devastating corruption” that bred a corrosive environment, cynicism and apathy among people who could have been convinced to boost Detroit. “We lost transparency, we lost accountability,” Edmunds said, adding her sentence was meant to show the public demands both.

“That way of doing government is over, it’s done,” she said.

Kilpatrick spoke eloquently in his own defense immediately before the sentence was handed down, giving a lengthy talk full of apologies and self-reflection in a subdued voice that riveted the packed courtroom and overflow room.

“I just humbly and respectfully ask for a fair sentence … I respect the jury’s verdict. I think your honor knows I have disagreed in terms of the specific things I was found guilty on, but I respect the verdict and I also respect the American justice system,” he said.


Kilpatrick went on to say “men, especially in the African American community” know they’re not supposed to cry or “bow down,” describing what he projected as “false confidence” that was misread as “arrogance.”

“I really, really, really messed up,” he said, adding he takes full responsibility for all his actions, including lying about the affair with former chief of staff Christine Beatty. He said he initially felt his actions were private, but finally “got it,” saying he knows he broke the trust of the public. When he finally “got it,” he said he started enjoying life for the first time while in Texas with his wife and three sons.

And then he said he felt bad about how happy he was while Detroit was mired in economic misery.

“I apologize to the citizens of this city for abandoning you and to leave you like I did,” Kilpatrick said.


Kilpatrick ended his unusually humble speech by saying he was “incredibly remorseful.”

The judge was clearly unmoved. She said his remarks “showed more awareness,” though his actions after he left Detroit didn’t inspire confidence in his ability to reform.


The prosecutor told a different story, urging the judge to impose the 28-year maximum. “There has been no acceptance of any responsibility,” the prosecutor said, adding it’s “not about the media … it’s about him … All the people in the city he let down and exploited.”

Appearing downcast and thinner, with a shaggy beard, Kilpatrick was uncuffed while the attorneys spoke.  Contrary to his usually jocular demeanor, Kilpatrick stayed somber even while chatting with attorneys and supporters during court breaks.

Kilpatrick was found guilty of shaking down contractors, ensuring that his friend, Bobby Ferguson, got millions in city work and turning a nonprofit fund to help struggling Detroiters into a personal slush fund, according to evidence at his five-month trial.

Federal prosecutors are recommending Kilpatrick serve at least 28 years in prison, while defense attorneys are hoping the sentence doesn’t exceed 15 years. The U.S. Attorney in Detroit also wants Kilpatrick and co-defendant Ferguson to pay $9.6 million in restitution.

It’s likely to be one of the longer sentences in recent cases of public corruption, the result of two dozen convictions that range from bribery to extortion to tax crimes.

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  • Cool. America’s first hip hop mayor is going where all good hip hoppers eventually go.

    • MBlanc46

      You think someone is going to shoot him?

  • Puggg

    Hey don’t be too sad. He can be mayor of C-block. Which is a lot like being mayor of Detroit.

    • Jefferson

      Detroit is just like prison, in the sense that if you are a White person living in Detroit there is a high chance of you being raped by a pack of Groids.

      • 1proactive2

        and murdered.

  • sbuffalonative

    Another black man caught up in the white man’s racist criminal JUST-US, prison industrial complex. Damn shame what the white man does to the black man. Damn shame.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Yes whitey is always holding the black man down. I myself am sick of it, but what can I do? I guess I could stop being so racist myself. No not that,maybe I will just do nothing.Yeah thats better.

      • 1proactive2

        Now that was a great post. Thanks for the humor. Much appreciated.

    • Jefferson

      America’s prisons are Blacktopias.

      • Norseman

        What can be done to promote more diversity there?

  • Erasmus

    Kwame Kilpatrick, Harold Washington, David Dinkins, Marion Berry, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Charlie Rangel, Marion Wright Edelman, Sheila Jackson Lee: All corrupt black politicians.

    What’s bred in the bone will not out in the flesh.

    • Katherine McChesney


    • FormerlyEdNY

      Let us not forget Jesse Jackson Jr. and Ray Nagin. I’m sure if I put in a little effort, I could come up with plenty more.

  • Alfred the Great

    I did not have to read the entire article to know what a guy with the name, Kwame, did. His conduct is indicative of blacks in government, wherever you find them; that includes the education establishment.

    • MBlanc46

      Blacks seem to think that government is just a trough to stick their snouts in and consume everything in sight.

      • They’ve convinced themselves over the last 50 years that they actually are entitled to everything in sight, with lots of help from Great Society-type programs and libtard enablers. In fact the excuse-mongers on the left explain black dysfunctionality as a lack of self-esteem, rather than an excess of self-entitlement and zero sense of responsibility.

        • MBlanc46

          They also seem to have convinced themselves that the money just appears. Creativity and work have nothing to do with it, it’s just white folks’ juju.

  • bigone4u

    Don’t get too excited, folks. Obama will pardon him in a couple of years as he leaves the Oval Office. Alternatively, Holder will find “irregularities and racism” in his prosecution. Mr. Mayor will bounce back after his release and be RE-ELECTED by the genius population of Detroit.

  • Truthseeker

    If the people who built Detroit knew that someone like this would one day run their city (further into the ground), they probably would have wept.

  • Spartacus


  • He won’t go to a camp. Anyone in the feds who gets more than ten years is considered an “escape risk”, and isn’t camp-eligible. There’s no parole in the feds for anyone convicted after 1986 or so; thus even with max good time, he’ll do 7/8 of his sentence, or a bit over 24 years.

    He’ll go to a medium-security FCI, a.k.a. “Gladiator School”.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Plus blacks don’t like going camping, maybe because other animals are more feral, who knows? The important thing is he is in a better place, praise the lord and pass the chicken.

    • Strider73

      As many commentators have said (including myself), expect the Magic Negro to pardon the “brutha” sometime before leaving office

      • FormerlyEdNY

        Or possibly appeal and get a reduced sentence.

  • Puggg

    I re-read this part, because I realized I missed something.

    Once a popular young politician, disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was ordered to spend 28 years behind bars on his convictions for racketeering, bribery, extortion and tax crimes.

    This does not set a good precedent for a certain someone named Barack O.

    • Jesse James

      Nothing will happen to Obama, he has carried out his masters wishes and paid close attention to his handlers.

      • 1proactive2

        Man, were you ever spot-on accurate with your comment.

        • Jesse James

          I suspect most Presidents color inside the lines pretty well ever since JFK got himself blown away for thinking he could go off script.

      • MBlanc46

        He’ll retire to his mansion in Hawaii and get even richer giving $100,000 speeches to the elites.

    • bilderbuster

      You forget that Barry inherited White Privilege from his mama so he gonna skate.

  • Beetlejuice

    ” fake jobs for family and friends, lavish parties, pay to play schemes, and secret affairs, … personal enrichment and aggrandizement.”
    And one unsolved murder.

    • The unsolved murder was that of Tamaara Greene, shot in her car several times with a .40″ S&W caliber Glock, the same model and caliber used by the Detroit police department. The hit was apparently to prevent Greene from testifying against Kilpatrick’s wife, Carlita, who had assaulted her during a party at the Manoogian Mansion.

  • 1proactive2

    Psychopaths never disappoint in the performance of their pathology. They always put on a grandiose show as they demonstrate a faux humility in front of cameras or anyone in the media who will listen.

    This thug was an easy read from the get-go, when he first ran for mayor. Being a Michigan native very familiar with Detroit’s black political kleptocracy and circus, I instantly knew Kirkpatrick was a shoo-in for that office since he had a continuous line of feel-good verbal crap while spouting the usual black slogans for his toxic and primitive race. This brutha was truly “down wit da struggle”, as the black citizens saw him.

    He’ll do about 8 years, but no more than 10. Not to worry, though. The next illiterate Detroit Nubian will step up, the crime will continue to grow, and the new hizzoner will continue to help with the city’s slide into oblivion.

    As a side note, look how the media and even the judge talked about his “wasted talent”. Kirkpatrick has never had any talent to speak of. None. He’s functionally illiterate, a street hustler with someone else’s money. This is also amazing to see how delusional black people can get to support a fantasy about their black heroes. Detroit, the Democrats dream and paradise.

    • He will do over 24 for reasons I have mentioned. Fed time is real time.

      • 1proactive2

        obambi can will pardon him well before his max date. Our first boy president, billy clinton, cut loose a number of his drug and money laundering felon buddies in the federal can with presidential pardons just before ending his last term in orifice.

        • It could go either way. Keep in mind that Shrubya did not pardon Scooter Libby; he merely commuted Libby’s 30 month federal sentence, but left the felony conviction in place, meaning that Libby will never practice law again.

          The sleaziness and extent of Kilpatrick’s convictions: 24 counts of bribery, extortion, mail fraud, wire fraud, tax evasion and racketeering, coupled with the fact that he violated parole in his earlier conviction by missing restitution payments – while living in a million dollar home and driving a Cadillac Escalade – make him a very poor candidate for a pardon, even by President Oogabooga.

          • evilsandmich

            Jezzee Jackson Jr. maybe, but yeah old Kilpatrick might be a bit much. May as well empty out the prisons at that point (but please, no one give him the idea).

          • I think J.J. Jr. will have already been released by the time Oogabooga leaves office, so even with a Presidential Pardon, he’ll have served his full sentence. I think he only got something like 30 months.

    • FormerlyEdNY

      And if he could run for Mayor of Detroit from prison, his peeps would vote him back into office.

      • 1proactive2

        You could take that to the bank. Michigan now has a law that says a felon cannot hold any political office in the state, and it was written because blacks were voting into office candidates with multiple felonies.

        When the black thug got in the corruption began, and he or she milked the system until getting caught and sent back to the razor wire hotel.

        • FormerlyEdNY

          That should be the law of the land from border to border and ocean to ocean.

          • 1proactive2

            That’s a big Amen.

  • shmo123

    It seems that no matter how egregious, depraved or sinister the actions of black criminals, they’re all described as “messin up” or “messed up”. They call each other mf’s constantly; they refer to each other as n*****s all the time, but when it comes to describing the real serious crime so many of them engage in, than they just “mess up”. Can anyone explain that?

    • 1proactive2

      You forgot one, “it was a mistake”. These responses are from adolescence, and it probably worked well for them when they were 8 years old. The average emotional age of a ghetto black is in the pre-adolescent range, ages 8 to 12 years old inclusive.

      • Puggg

        I always thought “mistake” was something you could correct with what was on the other side of the pencil. What Kwame Homebody did here was a crime.

        • Sometimes the two are the same.

        • 1proactive2

          Of course you’re right. But it is also a common dodge for thugs who get caught.

  • Romulus

    While this cretin is in the bighouse, he should first and foremost lose his surname as it is disrespectful of the Irish. As a matter of fact, a bull introduced to Congress should do the trick.
    It could read as a a good faith feature of black racial pride or other crap, that they give up their hated surnames in favor of ones that are more authentic.

  • leftists are delusional

    $20 says dinglebarry gives him a full pardon before packing up.

    • 1proactive2

      I won’t touch that bet because you’ll win. obambi will cut him loose.

    • Carney3

      Just call him by his real name.

  • bilderbuster

    He “wants the city to be great again like it was in the Super Bowl in 2006”.
    Yes indeed.
    Back in the good ‘ol days of 06 when Detroit was the envy of the western world.

  • Stan D Mute

    Keep in mind that at least 40% of Detroit voters would return Kwame to office if they could. They see nothing wrong in what he did and instead blame whitey in the suburbs for literally everything.

  • Thor Bonham

    Your feelings get hurt ?

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Cronyism, nepotism racketeering, bribery, extortion, tax crimes and out-of-control spending.

    That just about covers the democrat party.

  • He wasn’t remorseful enough after his Michigan state court conviction to bother making his full restitution payments, in spite of the fact that paying these was an ironclad condition of his parole.

  • MikeofAges

    So this guy got 28 year on account of his personal corruption. Others stole billions, even trillions, and destroyed the assets of millions, and nothing happened to them. Isn’t there something wrong with this picture?

    • The level of deliberate participation matters a lot in court. Bernie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years. Since there’s no parole in the feds, he’ll have to do at least 131 years and three months of that. If he’s going to make it, I suspect he’ll have to lose some weight, eat his veggies and get in shape.

      Some of his victims committed suicide over money they had lost for other investors, so I personally hope Madoff eventually decides to off himself.

      The US Justice Department bullied banks into writing oversized home loans to black and brown incompetoids. Some of these diversitards bought homes they could afford only as dual-income couples, while also leasing their high-end vehicles. What happens to a couple like this when one of the two gets laid off? Foreclosure!

      There are lots of guilty parties in the current financial mess, but some are plainly more culpable than others.

      • MikeofAges

        I was a real estate licensee in California during the boom, so I do have a closer finger on the situation than most. Blaming the bubble-and-bust on minority buyers is idiotic, although they too had their role. Where I lived, in the Central Valley, buyers came in from the Bay Area with a couple of thousand down purchasing $400,000 home which they imagined they could collect enough rent on to cover their payments. Considering the area I lived in had poverty and unemployment rates equal to Mississippi, there was no way this was going to work out. These buyers were upper middle income whites, largely. I put the blame for this fiasco squarely on the shoulders of the bankers and loan agents, not the buyers. Bankers and loan agents are supposed to tell people how much they can afford to borrow, not the other way around. Although federal regs may have allowed lenders to write oversized loans, they were not required to. Nor were the borrowers required to take them out.

        I am sure there were some differences in profile between white buyers and minority buyers. White buyers more often may have operated their own storefront or tradesman businesses. Black buyers more often worked for institutional employers, I am sure. Both groups had one thing in common though. As basic lower middle class types in any case, they were unlikely to experience great increases in income. They should have borrowed accordingly.

        There is nothing wrong with your scenario. Buying the biggest home the system will allow you to get and then going out the day after closing and buying new vehicles and new furnishing on credit is what buyers did. All of them. Not restricted by race whatsoever.

        • OK, but what were these buyers thinking? A gal I saw on the TV news at my mother’s place (we use the TV only for movies on DVD here) admitted that she cashed out her retirement and after the tax haircut, put everything into real-estate. She was going to flip all that property, and lost everything. I don’t feel sorry for her. What I did at the time was get everything in my 401(k) out of mortgage accounts.

          I could see it coming.

          • MikeofAges

            They saw $$$$ signs. And how does the aveage person get enough experience with the outcome of transactions to evaluate a real estate deal? People were given no interest-no payment for five year loans and told they could liquidate then and walk away with a six figure capital gain. I don’t want to overtax anybody’s mathematical acumen, but, ultimately. the price of real estate cannot exceed what people can afford to pay. If you got in 1996, your market timing was great.

            Nothing wrong with potatoes, by the way. I have heard, a human being can be properly nourished on two and one-half pounds of potatoes a day. I think I’d want a little more variety. But, darn, I might try it some day. With a banana on the side, of course.

          • How does the average person get enough experience with the outcome of transactions to evaluate a real estate deal?

            It takes some training, and the average person is too busy watching sit-coms on TV.

          • MikeofAges

            They don’t. Fiddling around in the stock market with small-scale investments is one way to learn. In general, the only way you can make money is by selling something for more than you paid for it, if only your labor. But most people seem to have a lot of trouble with that idea. They believe investments have been proven “good” when the price is high and are “bad” when the price is low. For the buyer, an investment is “good” when the price is low. Another thing people have to learn is that there are not a lot of things that just keep on going up and up forever.

            That particularly applies to residential real estate. Ultimately, people cannot pay more than they have. What people can pay determines the maximum possible price. The people who bought high-priced houses in low income markets planning to flip them should have paid attention.

          • MikeofAges

            Forgot to tell you. In the spring of 2005 I told everyone I knew to sell their property. Even my own landlord. No one listened. The saddest story was that of a retired repair shop owner who owned a house on land which at the time was considered development land. He could have gotten up to $700K. But he wouldn’t sell because he “wanted to have a garage sale to get rid of everything and because he had supposedly valuable collectible equipment on his property. Earlier this year, his son sold the property for about $170K. All I can say is, if necessary, you can rent a large storage unit for a long time for $500K. That was my last chance at a good commission in that business.

  • Yale2001

    Anyone here shocked, surprised, amazed?? Of course not. Only thing here surprising is that he was caught and convicted.