DETROIT, Mich. (AP) - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to up to five yearsin prison Tuesday for violating the terms of his probation stemmingfrom his conviction for lying under oath about an affair with hischief of staff.
Kilpatrick, 39, asked Judge David Groner to show him compassion duringthe hearing, but Groner said "that ship has sailed."
Groner said Kilpatrick would have to serve at leastone-and-a-half years in prison, but that he would be credited for120 days of time served from his original sentence. He is stillobligated to pay back the remaining balance of his $1 million debtto the city of Detroit.
Kilpatrick, the father of three young sons, was led from thecourtroom in handcuffs.
Groner ruled last month that Kilpatrick failed to report all ofhis assets and meet other conditions of his probation. In courtTuesday, Groner scolded Kilpatrick for his continued lack of candorabout his finances.
"Your continued attempt to cast yourself as the victim, yourlack of forthrightness, your lack of contriteness and lack ofhumility ... clearly rehabilitation has failed," Groner toldKilpatrick after the former mayor spent about 15 minutes explainingwhy he should be allowed to return to his family in Dallas.
"I want to go home your honor, where I belong," Kilpatrick toldGroner. "I'm not here because of a gun charge, or a drug charge.I'm here because of my confusion over some of the written ordersthat have been before me."
At issue is the restitution Kilpatrick was ordered to pay thecity after he pleaded guilty in 2008 to obstruction of justice.Kilpatrick testified in a whistle-blowers' lawsuit that he was notromantically involved with his chief of staff, but text messagesbetween the two later showed he was lying. Before the text messagescandal broke, the city paid the two whistle blowers an $8.4million settlement.
Kilpatrick, a Democrat, resigned, served 99 days in jail, agreedto give up his law license, repay the city $1 million, and stay outof politics for five years.
Groner listened to Kilpatrick's statement Tuesday, but appearedunmoved.
"This lack of candor while under oath, dangerously approachesthe very crime you were under sentence for," Groner said.
After Groner announced the sentence, a loud, collective gasprose from many of Kilpatrick's supporters in the packed courtroom.Kilpatrick appeared shaken.
Assistant Prosecutor Athina Siringas said that theformer mayor's plea for mercy was "vintage Kwame Kilpatrick. Thereality of the situation is totally different. He accepts noresponsibility for his own behavior."
Defense attorney Michael Alan Schwartz said he was"deeply disappointed" by the sentence and expressed uncertaintyabout how the city will receive the remaining $860,000 inrestitution.
He said Kilpatrick was penalized for not being contrite. Hedidn't wear "sackcloth and ashes," he said.
Kilpatrick has 42 days in which to file an appeal.
After he was released from jail in February 2009, Kilpatrickfound a job as a medical software salesman with Dallas-basedCovisint. Since then, he has said he is working on his marriage andtrying to be a better father to his three sons. He also has beenmaking $3,000 monthly payments to the city of Detroit, saying hehopes to repay everything he owes.
But prosecutors contend he continues to lie — thatKilpatrick could afford to give more and has intentionally hidassets.
Groner agreed, saying Kilpatrick failed to disclose $240,000 inloans from prominent businessmen. He also said Kilpatrick failed tosurrender nearly $23,400 in tax refunds and a share of cash giftsfrom two people.
Later Tuesday, Kilpatrick was fired from his jobas a medical software salesman for Dallas-based Covisint.
Covisint's parent company says in a statement Tuesday that"Kwame Kilpatrick will be off the Compuware Corporation payroll atthe end of the month."
The statement continues: "We don't have any choices. It's anunfortunate situation, and we feel bad for his family, but our
hands are tied."
Compuware Chair Peter Karmanos defended Kilpatrick's hiring in2009, but warned further trouble could mean termination.
Associated Press Writer Ed White contributed to this report.
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