Sentencing dates pushed back for Kilpatricks, Ferguson

Former Detroit mayor, father, friend Bobby Ferguson to be sentenced in October for federal corruption convictions

DETROIT - A judge agreed to push back sentencing dates for Kwame Kilpatrick, his father Bernard Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson.

The trio was in court Thursday for a status conference. Kwame Kilpatrick had argued the court is moving too fast to sentence him and is violating his right to due process. He and the other two were set to be sentenced in September but now will be sentenced in October.

"There is a large amount of information to go through," said Harold Gurewitz, Kwame Kilpatrick's attorney. "He is doing just fine under the circumstances."

The former Detroit mayor will be sentenced the morning of Oct. 10 and Ferguson will be sentenced later that day. Bernard Kilpatrick will be sentenced Oct. 17.

Kwame Kilpatrick and Ferguson were found guilty of several federal racketeering and corruption charges. They have been locked up in prison without bond after Judge Nancy Edmunds decided they were flight risks. They could get 20 years in prison for the racketeering convictions alone.

"Bobby is doing fine. He is reading his Bible," said Ferguson's attorney, Mike Rataj.

Bernard Kilpatrick faced four counts and was found guilty on the sole count of subscribing to a false tax return in 2005 -- Count 38. He was found not guilty on two counts: attempted extortion and a tax charge. He was allowed to stay out of prison before his sentencing. He is looking at anywhere between probation and three years in prison.

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