BLOG: Judge sentences Bernard Kilpatrick to 15 months in prison

(WXYZ) - The father of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for a tax offense.

In addition to the prison time, Bernard Kilpatrick will also have to pay restitution in the amount of $62,212.24. He will be under 1 year of supervised release, after serving his prison time.

His sentence won't begin until after January 1, Edmunds says, because Bernard Kilpatrick has a number of other responsibilities. She will request a prison in Texas if Kilpatrick asks.

 His sentencing comes after a federal judge sentenced both his son and Bobby Ferguson to decades in prison for their part in the City Hall Corruption Trial.

7 Action News Investigator Ross Jones is live blogging the hearing from Federal Court. Read along below.

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The federal jury was hung on whether Bernard Kilpatrick was part of the RICO conspiracy.  But they did agree that the 72-year-old lied about his income on his 2005 taxes.

In March, the jury convicted Kilpatrick of a felony tax crime.

Federal prosecutors want Bernard Kilpatrick to spend between 27 and 33 months in prison.  They say through his Maestro consulting business, Kilpatrick declared income of $1.3 million while his son was in office – mostly for work he did not do.  During that same time, Kilpatrick also deposited more than $605,000 in cash.

Bernard Kilpatrick's lawyer, John Shea, argued that Kilpatrick did do legitimate work and he had previously asked the judge to sentence his client to only probation – or just a very small amount of prison time.

 

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