Kwame Kilpatrick, the disgraced former mayor of Detroit, was sentenced Thursday to 28 years in prison for corruption following a series of scandals that showed he had unchecked power while in office.
Kilpatrick’s defense attorneys originally had argued that federal prosecutors were overreaching when they recommended he get 28 years – but Judge Nancy Edmunds handed down every minute of it.
“It was a tough sentence but it was a very large crime (and) the punishment met the crime,” said U.S. Attorney Mark Chutkow.
Kilpatrick addressed the court before his sentencing, saying, “I’m incredibly remorseful.” But he stopped short of admitting guilt.
“I respect the jury’s verdict,” he said. “I think your honor knows I disagree with it.”