Disgraced former Detroit mayor is shown above with President Barack Obama.
Kwame Kilpatrick, the disgraced former Democrat mayor of Detroit was sentenced last Thursday to 28 years in prison for corruption following a series of scandals that showed he had unchecked power while in office.
It was a tough sentence but U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow said the punishment fit the crime.
Kwame Kilpatrick addressed the court before his sentencing, saying, "I'm incredibly remorseful," but he did not admit guilt.
Mr. Kilpatrick is shown above. The photo photo below shows the former mayor as he is handcuffed by authorities.
He also said he accepted the verdict of the jury but also said he did not agree with it.
This was a different Kilpatrick. Gone were the flamboyant suits, the earring and the demeanor of the politician once described as the “hip hop mayor.”
He wore prison clothes and spent a great deal of time with his eyes trained at the floor.
Kilpatrick spent $800,000 more than he earned. He billed his city credit card for trips to Las Vegas, and bought concert tickets and football tickets along with an $850.00 steak dinner. He leased two Lincoln Navigators for his wife with public money.
"Managing a city with no money is hard every single day," Kilpatrick told the court. "I can't stand here and say I didn't work my butt off. I did every single day."
As sentences continue to get stiffer for convicted politicians, federal prosecutors in Detroit clearly intended to send a message.
On top of the 28-year sentence, Kilpatrick will need to pay restitution. The amount will be determined at a hearing not yet scheduled and it will be based on any assets Kilpatrick has left.