DETROIT (WXYZ) - Friends and family of Bobby Ferguson are offering up five homes as surety if a federal judge will release the convicted former contractor from jail until his sentencing.
A jury convicted Ferguson and his friend, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, last week of racketeering, bribery and extortion.
After the jury's verdict, U. S. District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds revoked the bond for both men, remanding them back into federal custody. Ferguson and Kilpatrick are both being held at the Milan Federal Correctional Facility, and now both are asking to be released.
In a motion filed today, Ferguson's lawyer, Gerald Evelyn, points out that a report authored by Ferguson's Pretrial Services officer showed that he had stayed in compliance with all bond conditions since 2010 and asked that Ferguson "be allowed to remain on bond with the same conditions."
Evelyn says several family friends and his mother have offered 5 different homes in the Detroit area and in Alabama as surety for his release.
Evelyn also asks Judge Edmunds to consider putting Ferguson on a real-time GPS tether, as well as home confinement pending sentencing.
Federal prosecutors support both men being locked up until Judge Edmunds issues her sentence.
Kilpatrick's father, Bernard, was only convicted of a tax charge and remains on bond.