Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick set to be released from prison due to pandemic, lawmaker says

Disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be granted early release from a federal prison where he is serving a 28-year sentence for corruption and currently in quarantine due to the coronavirus, according to a Michigan state lawmaker.

State Rep. Karen Whitsett, a Detroit Democrat, told WJB-TV that she was notified by President Trump of Kilpatrick’s impending release during his Thursday visit to Michigan.

“He said that he was being released,”  Whitsett said. “I’m elated for him … An out is an out … He’s done his time. And I think, ‘My God, when is long enough long enough.'”


Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sits in a Detroit courtroom. The disgraced former mayor is slated to be released from federal prison amid his 28-year sentence in response to the coronavirus, state Rep. Karen Whitsett told local media outlets.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

The former mayor is currently being quarantined for COVID-19 in the low-security Oakdale, La., prison. He will be among 3,000 inmates granted release due to the spread of the coronavirus within the federal prison system.

Kilpatrick, 49, served as Detroit’s mayor from 2002 to 2008. He was convicted in 2013 on

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