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Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick wants Trump to commute prison sentence

June 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick wants Trump to commute prison sentence

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Kwame Kilpatrick, the former Democratic mayor of Detroit who is serving 28 years behind bars for corruption – is asking for President Trump’s help to get out of prison early.

Kilpatrick, who posted on the Free Kwame Project website, revealed that he has experienced a spiritual transformation since he resigned from office in 2008 following a texting sex scandal.

“By God’s grace, I have received a pardon from Him, through Jesus. I pray that I receive the opportunity for Pardon/Clemency from the President of the United States as well,” he said.

“Our country has always been the land of 2nd Chances,” Kilpatrick added. “I am hoping, confidently expecting, that I have the opportunity to boldly move into the next season of my life; outside of these walls.”

The 47-year-old has served roughly seven years after he was convicted of charges that include racketeering, extortion and wire fraud.

He served as the mayor of Detroit from 2002 until 2008. Before that, Kilpatrick held a House seat in Michigan from 1997 to 2002.

Last week, Kwame Kilpatrick was moved from Oklahoma to a low-security federal facility in New Jersey.

The federal Bureau of Prisons said it could not reveal the exact reason for Kilpatrick’s transfer, but indicated in an email to the Associated Press that it weighs security, facility population, programming and medical needs before moving an inmate.

Trump made headlines after he pardoned conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza and commuting the sentence of Alice Johnson, who had been serving life sentence for a nonviolent drug charge.

Kilpatrick previously requested a commutation from President Obama, but was rejected.

The former mayor has lost all appeal requests on his felony convictions and is looking to avoid paying close to $9 million in restitution in connection with his offenses.

Kilpatrick would remain in prison until 2037 if Trump rejects his clemency request.

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