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Friday, May 22, 2020

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Reportedly to Be Released Early From Prison

Kwame Kilpatrick, former Mayor of Detroit

Detroit, MI — According to Fox 2 Detroit and the Ebony Foundation, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been granted an early release from prison. He had been serving a 28-year sentence since 2013 for perjury, obstruction of justice, and other corruption charges.

The foundation reportedly partnered with several other black leaders to petition for Kilpatrick’s release. Those who petitioned President Trump for his release included the National Baptist Convention of America, the NAACP, the National Business League, and several pastors of Black churches across the country. One of those pastors was Jamal Bryant, whose Atlanta-based New Birth Church has more than 25,000 members.

Bryant comments, “This is welcomed news for my friend and his family. I’m certain that Kwame will take advantage of this opportunity to make a positive contribution to society and fulfill his immense potential to do good and make a difference. We prayed and God answered.”

Kilpatrick, who is now 49-years old, was elected Mayor of Detroit in the year 2001, but he resigned in 2008 after a text message sex scandal involving his chief of staff.

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