Prison sentence sought for Kwame Kilpatrick's dad

Federal prosecutors recommending 27 to 33 months in prison for Bernard Kilpatrick

By Hank Winchester - Reporter

DETROIT - Federal prosecutors are recommending prison for the father of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Bernard Kilpatrick was convicted of a single tax crime by the same jury that convicted his son and contractor Bobby Ferguson of more serious crimes. The government is asking for a sentence Thursday of somewhere from 27 to 33 months.

Bernard Kilpatrick was charged with racketeering conspiracy, but the jury couldn't reach a verdict. He was acquitted of attempted extortion.

Nonetheless, the government says there's evidence to show the 72-year-old Bernard Kilpatrick worked closely with Kwame Kilpatrick to strong-arm people who wanted city work.

The government says Bernard made cash deposits of $605,000 during that period. Kilpatrick's lawyer says he was a legitimate consultant.

Kilpatrick has kept a low profile since the verdict was handed down. Local 4 was told he has been spending time with Kwame's wife and children in Texas.

He will soon make his way back into court. Bernard Kilpatrick, like his son and Bobby Ferguson, will have a chance to address the court.

It's unclear is Bernard will offer up an apology like the other men did.

Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison and his pal Bobby Ferguson received 21 years in prison last week.

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