DETROIT (AP) — The most significant public corruption case in Detroit history is closing with a sentence for former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Kilpatrick is bracing for a long stretch behind bars. His lawyers hope the judge doesn't order more than 15 years Thursday, although prosecutors are seeking at least 28 years in prison.
Kilpatrick was convicted of two dozen crimes last spring after prosecutors presented evidence of bribes, kickbacks and unreported income. Agents who pored over bank accounts and credit cards said Kilpatrick spent $840,000 beyond his salary. The government says city hall was "up for grabs for the right price."
The government says Kilpatrick's corruption worsened the financial crisis that Detroit currently faces as it tries to reorganize in Bankruptcy Court. Defense lawyers call it a "cheap shot."