The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is recommending a sentence of 2-5 years in prison for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick for violating his probation from the text message scandal by failing to meet financial reporting obligations and not turning over tax refunds and political money.A Democrat accepting responsibility?
The recommendation was made in a sentencing memorandum filed this afternoon with the court clerk’s office.
The memo states that the sentencing guideline of 0-17 months “does not adequately reflect the severity of his conduct.” It goes on to state that “the defendant cannot show any rehabilitative potential when he continuously lies to the court and indeed has defrauded the court and the City of Detroit out of its rightfully owed restitution payments.”
Kilpatrick lawyer Michael Alan Schwartz said, “Of course, what do you expect?”
He said his recommendation will be “much different” when it is filed later today.
Last month, Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner ruled that Kilpatrick violated his probation by:
• Failing to turn over to the court $79,011 in tax refunds and cash gifts made to his family, as previously ordered.
• Failing to provide a full accounting of his family's finances. Groner said Kilpatrick allowed his wife, Carlita Kilpatrick, "to empty the joint account just prior to the restitution hearing."
• Failing to disclose any gifts or benefits as ordered by the court. Groner said Kwame Kilpatrick "intentionally hid said funds."
• Failing to surrender all political funds as previously ordered, specifically $36,000 that Kilpatrick and his family received from the Kilpatrick Civic Fund for rent and moving expenses.
In the sentencing memorandum, assistant prosecutors Athinas Siringas and Robert Spada wrote: “Defendant continues to cry poverty and accepts no responsibility for his conduct…The Defendant’s conduct cannot go unpunished with a false hope the defendant will now pay restitution or abide with the court’s orders when he failed to do so in the past.”
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
Update: Looks like Kwame has been living large down in Dallas. So much for his cries of poverty.
While Kilpatrick tries to carve out a new life in Texas, his lifestyle continues to attract attention back home.H/T Carole.
Members of the Detroit media have made many trips to Southlake to stake out the Kilpatricks, showing video of their rented mansion, valued at more than $1 million, and driving around in expensive vehicles.