Detroit ex-mayor’s pal wins release from prison years early

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FILE – In this March 11, 2013, file photo, Bobby Ferguson, a friend of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, leaves federal court after being found guilty, in Detroit. Ferguson, a Detroit contractor who got millions of dollars of city work through extortion will be released early from prison, a judge said Thursday, April 29, 2021, partly because a corrupt former mayor was granted an extraordinary break by President Donald Trump. It “would be inequitable” to keep Ferguson behind bars after Trump shortened the sentence of ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his longtime partner in crime, U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds said. (David Coates/Detroit News via AP, File)

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit contractor who got millions of dollars of city work through extortion will be released early from prison.

A judge is citing Bobby Ferguson’s health. But the judge also says it would be unfair to keep Ferguson locked up when former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was released by President Donald Trump.

In 2013, Ferguson and Kilpatrick were convicted of racketeering conspiracy, extortion and bribery. Evidence showed Kilpatrick went to bat for his buddy and punished other contractors who didn’t make room for Ferguson on excavation projects.

Ferguson has been in prison for eight years of a 21-year sentence.

Kilpatrick served more than seven years.

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