Bernard Kilpatrick's lawyer asks judge for probation on tax conviction

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Bernard Kilpatrick's lawyer is urging a federal judge to give his client only probation for his conviction on a tax crime. 

The 72-year-old will be sentenced on Thursday. 

Kilpatrick was originally charged with racketeering and extortion, along with his son, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.  The jury hung on the RICO count for Bernard Kilpatrick, convicting him only of a sole count of subscribing a false tax return. 

Federal prosecutors have asked Judge Nancy Edmunds to send Bernard Kilpatrick to prison for 27 to 33 months. 

His lawyer, John Shea, points out that Kilpatrick has no prior criminal convictions and that a more reasonable sentence would include probation or a minimal term of incarceration.

The 7 Action News Investigators will be inside federal court on Thursday, October 17 at 2:00 pm for the sentencing.

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