Detroiters react to guilty verdicts in federal corruption trial of Kwame Kilpatrick, Bobby Ferguson

DETROIT (WXYZ) - With great interest, customers inside Noni's Sherwood Grille on Detroit's west side, watched 7 Action News as the verdicts in the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial came down.

They learned the former Detroit mayor was found guilty on what seemed like an endless stream of charges.

It was no shock Kilpatrick's father Bernard Kilpatrick was found guilty on one charge and his friend Bobby Ferguson was found guilty of several.

"You can't get away with doing wrong doing it's going to come to light eventually," said Detroit resident Robert Stephens.

"Their punishment should be a lot more than everybody else's," said Detroit resident India Cox.  "They disrespected the community and everything."

It came as no surprise to many residents that Kilpatrick did not get bond.

"Any regular citizen would be incarcerated so I think it's fair," said Joseph Patterson.

Detroit resident Larry Andrews told 7 Action News he thought the verdicts were good news.

"My phone has been ringing off the hook since the verdict," said Andrews.  "I'm so happy I'm going to celebrate today."

Others felt as though this is not a time to celebrate.

"I feel sorry for the family, his relatives, a lot of friends I know, people in his family," said Detroit resident Susan Burney.  "It's just a sad time."

"I feel like there was no real winner in the situation," said Detroit resident Kim Mattison. "It brought a lot of negative attention to the city.  In my opinion, it went on for too long."

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