Kwame Kilpatrick asking to be released on bond

(WXYZ) - 7 Action News has learned that former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is asking to be released from prison on bond.

The ex-mayor filed a brief in federal court that says he wants to spend time with his family before he is sentenced on his federal conviction on racketeering and other charges.

After his conviction, U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds held a hearing and decided to send Kilpatrick to Milan Federal Correctional Facility until he is sentenced.

But Kilpatrick is asking Edmunds to let him out of prison on bond. He says that he is not a flight risk nor is he a danger to the community.

Today's filing also says that Kilpatrick has no money and therefore no ability to flee. The ex-mayor says he wants to return to Texas so that he may spend time with his wife and three sons while waiting for his sentencing date, which is not expected to happen for at least four months.

Last week, a jury found Kilpatrick guilty on 24 count of racketeering, mail fraud, and other charges. His friend Bobby Ferguson was also found guilty of racketeering and other charges. His father, Bernard Kilpatrick, was found guilty of filing a false tax return.

During his five month trial, Kilpatrick was under house arrest, staying with his mom, and was on a GPS tether.

We reached out to the US Attorney's office for a response to today's court filing, but have not heard back yet.

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