DETROIT – Bernard Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to 15 months in prison on a tax crime conviction.
Kilpatrick, who is Kwame Kilpatrick's dad, was found guilty of one count of subscribing a false tax return by the same jury that convicted his son and contractor Bobby Ferguson of more serious crimes.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds ordered Bernard Kilpatrick to pay $62,212 in restitution.
His sentence will begin after the first of the year.
--Courtroom sketch by Jerry Lemenu
Edmunds said she would request that he held in Texas, where his son and other family are.
Bernard Kilpatrick was charged with racketeering conspiracy, but the jury couldn't reach a verdict. He was acquitted of attempted extortion.
Nonetheless, the government said there was evidence to show the 72-year-old worked closely with his son to strong-arm people who wanted city work.
During his sentencing, Bernard Kilpatrick said he had brought "misery" to his family and had deep regrets bout being involved with "this thing."