‘White Boy Rick’ Wershe denounces Detroit’s effort to dismiss lawsuit due to bankruptcy
Richard Wershe Jr., formerly known as “White Boy Rick,” is set to appear in court Wednesday afternoon to denounce the city of Detroit’s effort to dismiss a civil lawsuit he brought against the city, several Detroit law enforcers and others for their alleged role in his decadeslong imprisonment.
Melodie Gliniewicz sentenced to probation for role in financial misdeeds that prompted police officer husband to kill self
In a Lake County courtroom, the widow of Charles “Joe” Gliniewicz tearfully accepted responsibility for her part in the financial mismanagement that compelled her husband to take his life.chicagotribune.com
New Jersey man who drove to Michigan to sexually abuse 2 teen girls gets 27.5 years in federal prison
BAY CITY, MI — A New Jersey man is heading to federal prison for driving to Michigan to sexually abuse two teenage girls. U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington on Thursday, March 10, sentenced 39-year-old Jose R. Gomez to 330 months, or 27.5 years, in prison. Once Gomez has served his term, he’ll be on supervised released for an additional 10 years.mlive.com
University of Michigan marks 25 years of prison art shows with digital gallery
ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan’s Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners is celebrating 25 years with a virtual gallery due to the ongoing health crisis. The annual Prison Creative Arts Project at U-M is now one of the largest exhibitions by imprisoned artists in the world. (University of Michigan - Prison Created Arts Project)Krinitsky said the organization has wanted to expand to a larger audience for some time. (University of Michigan - Prison Created Arts Project)“It was an extraordinary year, although it was some time ago that we visited,” Hamilton said in a release. “Many PCAP artists rely on sales revenue to purchase art supplies as well as things they need for daily living.
Appeal hearing postponed for American imprisoned in Russia
This image provided by Joey Reed, shows Trevor Reed and his mom Paula Reed in 2014 in Arlington, Texas. The parents of Trevor Reed spoke Monday to The Associated Press as a Russian court sentenced another American man to more than a decade in prison in an unrelated espionage case. (Joey Reed via AP)MOSCOW – A Moscow court on Wednesday postponed hearing the appeal of an American sentenced to nine years in prison for assaulting police officers, and ordered that he undergo a psychological examination. Reed, an ex-Marine from Texas, is one of three Americans imprisoned or charged in Russia under controversial circumstances. Read more: Michigan family hopeful Biden can help free Paul Whelan from Russian prison
How Kim Kardashian triggered domino effect leading to Kwame Kilpatrick’s clemency
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick reunited with his family Wednesday shortly after he was released from prison. Kilpatrick, who served nearly eight years, was released early after his 28-year sentenced was commuted on Jan. 19 by former President Donald Trump. While several people contributed to Kilpatrick’s release, it appears socialite and businesswoman Kim Kardashian also triggered a domino effect in the matter. “He told me about so many incredible things he was doing in prison,” Johnson said. Jonson says she hopes that Kilpatrick will “regain his purpose.”“I believe Kwame found a brand new purpose in life.
Kwame Kilpatrick reunites with family after release from prison
DETROIT – After nearly eight years behind bars, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick walked free Wednesday from prison in Oakdale, Louisiana, and arrived in Georgia to meet family. READ: US releases former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from prison“I saw a boatload of text messages and calls. She helped pushed the effort forward last February when she personally delivered a letter to then-President Donald Trump asking for clemency. He served seven years, close to eight years, being away from his family away and from his mother.”READ: Key people in Kwame Kilpatrick’s life and career: Where are they now? “I believe Kwame Kilpatrick will be an excellent example of redemption and grace.”PREVIOUS COVERAGE:
Key people in Kwame Kilpatrick’s life and career: Where are they now?
DETROIT – Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was officially released from prison Wednesday evening, serving only seven of his 28-year prison sentence before it was cut short. In granting clemency, Trump called for prison officials to immediately release Kilpatrick. Over the years, Local 4 has seen photos posted from Kilpatrick’s sons on social media as they visited their father in prison. While he is released, Kilpatrick is still responsible to pay his $4.7 million in restitution, according to a clemency grant obtained by Local 4 Defenders. Kilpatrick’s mother, former U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, has since moved from Detroit to Georgia.
US releases former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from prison
FILE - In this May 25, 2010 file photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sits in a Detroit courtroom. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)DETROIT – Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has served more than seven years of a 28-year prison sentence for corruption crimes, was released from federal prison Wednesday after President Donald Trump commuted his sentence, a Bureau of Prisons spokesman told The Associated Press. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, a Democrat and frequent Trump critic, welcomed the news of a commutation. “Kwame Kilpatrick is a person of great talent who still has much to contribute,” Duggan said. This is a decision President Trump got right.”Kilpatrick’s first term as mayor was marred by accusations of misuse of city funds on personal extravagance.
Detroit pastor reacts to commutation of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
DETROIT – Bishop J. Drew Sheard with Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ said the recent news of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick being released from prison is good news. UPDATE: US releases former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from prisonIn 2013, Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison after he was convicted of racketeering, mail fraud, wire fraud and more charges. Several well-known pastors, like Bishop Sheard, Bishop T.D. Ellis said he thought Trump would have made his decision during the election season.
Detroit Mayor Duggan on Kwame Kilpatrick’s commutation: ‘This is a decision President Trump got right’
FILE - In this March 11, 2013, file photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick leaves federal court after being convicted in Detroit, of corruption charges. (David Coates/Detroit News via AP, File)DETROIT – Current Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan supports President Trump’s decision to commute former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s prison sentence. Kilpatrick has served seven years of a 28-year federal prison sentence for a long list of charges including racketeering and bribery. Here’s the original Kilpatrick commutation statement from the White House:“President Trump commuted the sentence of the former Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Malik Kilpatrick. Thankfully, under Michigan law, he cannot hold state or local public office for 20 years after his conviction.”More: Kwame Kilpatrick section
Kwame Kilpatrick among long list of Trump commutations, pardons on last day
Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was just seven years into a 28-year federal prison sentence when President Trump decided to allow him to walk free Tuesday night. It was Trump’s final night in the White House before he leaves Wednesday to make way for President-elect Joe Biden and his new administration. Here’s the statement from the White House:“President Trump commuted the sentence of the former Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Malik Kilpatrick. U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider was definitely not in support of a shortened sentence or pardon for Kilpatrick. Kwame Kilpatrick has earned every day he served in federal prison for the horrible crimes he committed against the People of Detroit.
Detroit man fights for freedom after nearly 50 years in prison for crime he says he didn’t commit
DETROIT – Ray Gray has been in prison for nearly 50 years, one of Michigan’s longest serving inmates. For decades, Barbara Rinehart dreamed about the day her husband walks out of prison as a free man. He’s been filling canvases with wonder ever since, but a talented prison artist is just part of Gray’s story. But the cell remained locked tight, even after the intervention of Ellis Stafford, the deputy director of the Detroit Crime Commission who is convinced of Gray’s innocence. “He’ll fight to prove his innocence when he’s out if that’s what it takes but he won’t confess to something he didn’t do.”
Metro Detroit businessman sentenced to 2 years in prison for tax crimes
DETROIT – A Walled Lake business owner was sentenced to two years in prison on Tuesday, the Department of Justice announced. As the owner of Bayside, Semma was responsible for collecting and paying to the IRS Bayside’s employment taxes. He also did not pay approximately $1.3 million in employment taxes that were due. In 2012, Semma sold The Coliseum for approximately $5.9 million, but did not file an individual income tax return or pay taxes for that year. Semma previously pleaded guilty on Aug. 28, 2019, to one count of employment tax fraud and one count of failure to file his individual income tax return.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer commutes sentences for 4 men serving decades in prison for nonviolent crimes
Gretchen Whitmer has commuted the sentences of four men who were spending decades in prison for nonviolent crimes. He’s served 22 years, and his earliest possible release date was in 2038. He’s served 21 years, and his earliest possible release date was in 2030. He’s served 22 years, and his earliest possible release date was in 2027. He’s served 16 years, and his earliest possible release date was in 2024.
Cayman Islands jails US college student in coronavirus case
SAN JUAN – A U.S. college student and her boyfriend have been sentenced to four months in prison in the Cayman Islands for violating strict COVID-19 measures following a recent ruling that will be appealed, their attorney said Thursday. Skylar Mack, 18, of Georgia, and Vanjae Ramgeet, 24, of the Cayman Islands, have been in prison since Tuesday, when the ruling was issued. After their arrest, a judge ruled the couple had to provide 40 hours of community service and pay a $4,400 fine. Under the original law, a Canadian couple found guilty of violating coronavirus measures were ordered to pay a $1,200 fine each. The Cayman Islands, a territory of nearly 62,000 people, has reported more than 300 coronavirus cases and two deaths.
Lawyers: 2nd US inmate scheduled to be executed has COVID-19
CHICAGO – A second federal inmate scheduled to be put to death next month in a series of executions by the Trump administration has tested positive for COVID-19, his lawyers said Friday. Johnson’s lawyers, Donald Salzman and Ronald Tabak, called on federal authorities to strike their client’s current execution date of Jan. 14. It has executed more people in a single year than any other administration in more than 130 years. The Bureau of Prisons confirmed in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday that inmates held on federal death row — known as the Special Confinement Unit — have tested positive for COVID-19. As of Thursday, there were more than 300 inmates with confirmed cases of COVID-19 at FCC Terre Haute.
Waterford Township woman released 20 months after conviction in husband’s death
WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Waterford Township woman who spent 20 months in prison after being convicted of manslaughter in her husband’s death has been released. Tin Talbot’s family members lined up to wait for her release Tuesday morning, but not everyone is happy she’s out of prison. Talbot was released at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday after spending 20 months -- the minimum sentence from her conviction -- in prison. She was granted parole and released after exactly 20 months. READ: Waterford Township woman details alleged abuse she endured before killing her husbandSzczepanowicz’s family wasn’t happy about the plea deal or Talbot’s parole.
Waterford Township woman convicted in 2018 death of husband released from prison
WATERFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A Waterford Township woman convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of her husband was released from prison Tuesday morning. (WDIV)On Sept. 14, 2018, she told a judge that she shot Szczepanowicz while fearing for the lives of her son and herself. READ: Waterford Township woman details alleged abuse she endured before killing her husbandIn July, Talbot told supporters from behind bars that she was told she would be paroled on Nov. 17, which is exactly 20 months. Supporters have been calling on the state to free Talbot, while Szczepanowicz’s family has petitioned for her to stay locked up. READ: Waterford Township woman who killed husband, citing years of abuse, granted paroleWatch the report from July 21, 2020, below:
Trust Index fact check: What Trump said about Michigan governor’s husband, ‘prison’ lockdown
There was quick mention of Michigan during Thursday night’s final presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden. The President once again compared Michigan’s coronavirus pandemic lockdown to a “prison," just as he did in the first presidential debate. “Take a look at what’s happening with your friend in Michigan, where her husband’s the only one allowed to do anything. It’s been like a prison,” Trump said during Thursday night’s round. Read back: Fact-checking Biden-Trump debate claims about economy, MichiganMore fact checks from the final presidential debate:Presidential Town Hall fact checks from the Trust Index:First Presidential debate fact checks from the Trust Index:
2 Michigan adults, 1 teen accused in prison drug smuggling plot
COLDWATER, Mich. – Two adults and a teenager have been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into a southern Michigan prison, according to Michigan State Police. The alleged plot at Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater was discovered on Saturday, authorities said. Prison officials asked state police to investigate. A 33-year-old Adrian woman, her 15-year-old daughter and a 20-year-old man, also from Adrian, were arrested and hit with multiple felony charges. The teen was turned over a family member and Child Protective Services was called.
Inmates take control of unit at Chippewa Correctional Facility in U.P.
KINCHELOE, Mich. – Inmates at the Chippewa Correctional Facility in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have taken control of a unit. Officers used a taser on an inmate involved. When that inmate was being taken away in an ambulance, other prisoners left their cells and forced the officers out. They then took control of the unit in the prison, not letting anyone else inside. Additional authorities are helping in the efforts to take control of the situation.
48-year fugitive fights to remain out of prison
After escaping from a Georgia prison in 1968, Robert Stackowitz hid out in a quiet Connecticut town -- until last week, when the U.S. Marshals finally showed up at his door. The 71-year-old says he is too old and sick to return to prison. DeMarco Morgan reports.cbsnews.com
After 12 years in prison, wrongfully accused rape convict to be released
After 12 years in prison, wrongfully accused rape convict to be released DNA testing has cleared Michael Phillips of a 1990 rape conviction. A Dallas judge recently vacated the conviction after a district attorney found evidence linking the crime to another man.cbsnews.com