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.

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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