gee – let’s try to break this down:
- You treated the City of Detroit like your own personal kingdom.
- You got a dancer killed
- You got good cops fired
- You lied repeatedly
- You tried to skip town without paying your debt
- You continue to think we’ll just forget about what you did
- You continue to pretend that none of this has anything to do with you.
I think that about covers it.
Enjoy prison. We will enjoy you in prison.
An audible gasp erupted in the courtroom as Judge David Groner sentenced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to 18 months to five years in state prison.
“Your testimony in this court amounted to perjury,” the judge told Kilpatrick. “Most compelling is that you lied to this court, continue to lie, after you pleaded guilty to lying….
“The initial 120 days incarceration did nothing to rehabilitate you.”
After the gasp from the audience, Kilpatrick was ordered to sign papers. Some reporters saw his hands shaking. Groner asked Kilpatrick’s lawyer, Schwartz, to assist the former mayor.
As the courtroom began to buzz, Groner raised his voice and ordered Kilpatrick to be swift.
“Sergeant could you secure the defendant please and put him in the back?” Groner said. A deputy then handcuffed Kilpatrick behind his back and led him to a side room. The former mayor kept looking over his shoulder, mouthing words toward his sister.
He did not see this coming. He honestly believed he was above this. His cavelier attitude and his vice-like grip on his own reality blind-sided him to the the fact that he could actually go to prison. He was so invested in his own personal capital and really thought his well-placed friends and monied associates would allow him to hop a flight back to Texas and continue to do nothing but collect a check at a job where he hasn’t yet closed a deal as a sales rep.
Update: Kwame’s no longer has that job.
Of course his lawyers will appeal but he’ll have to cool his heels in prison while that is worked out.
Now the feds can work on their case and be ready for him when he’s released.