Kwame Kilpatrick’s release brings back painful memories for former Detroit assistant chief
DETROIT – When Kwame Kilpatrick had his sentence commuted by former President Donald Trump bad memories started emerging for Steve Dolunt, a retired Detroit police assistant chief. On Tuesday, Dolunt shared the painful period in his life and career during Kilpatrick’s tenure as Detroit mayor. Read more: Trump commutes sentence of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick after 7 years in prison“We were investigating the officers on staff. It is hard to tell your family you have been demoted, you didn’t do anything wrong that was really, really hard,” he said. “To me the kicker is, Kwame Kilpatrick is one of the most charismatic people I have ever met.
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.
Court: Larry Nassar won’t be resentenced despite judge’s remarks
DETROIT – The Michigan judge who sentenced sports doctor Larry Nassar to 40 years in prison made “wholly inappropriate” remarks about him, but they weren't enough to violate his rights and upset the punishment for sexual assault, the state appeals court said Tuesday. In a 2-1 decision, the court noted that Judge Rosemarie Aquilina still stuck to the sentencing agreement made by prosecutors and Nassar's attorneys. Judge Douglas Shapiro disagreed with the majority and said Nassar deserved to return to court in front of a different judge. Despite Aquilina's “inflammatory hyperbole,” the court noted that Nassar pleaded guilty and agreed to a minimum sentence ranging from 25 years to 40 years. Nassar could ask the Michigan Supreme Court to look at the sentencing.
Manton man sentenced in 2 criminal sexual conduct cases involving minors
MANTON, Mich. – A Manton man was sentenced to prison recently for sexually assaulting two minors, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Monday. Helsel pleaded guilty in July to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, involving a person between the ages of 13 and 15, a felony carrying up to 15 years in prison. As part of this plea, four charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct were dismissed at sentencing. He also pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, multiple variables, carrying up to 15 years in prison at sentencing. A charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct was dropped at sentencing as part of this plea.
Man who injured ICE agent during immigration arrest in Michigan gets 18 month prison sentence
According to court records, Ortega-Escudero assaulted a federal officer during an immigration arrest on February 2. Following a foot pursuit, Ortega-Escudero again fought with an ICE agent and attempted to remove the agent’s firearm. The ICE agent was physically injured in the attack. Ortega-Escudero’s case is just one of the many immigration enforcement cases being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office. “An assault on a law enforcement officer is unobjectionable, and this individual, illegally present in the U.S., will now face time for his actions.
Faith leaders call for Kwame Kilpatrick sentence commutation
DETROIT Another push began Friday to shorten the sentence for former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Ebony Magazine gathered dozens of faith leaders from around the country and many voiced their opinions on why Kilpatrick should be released from prison. ORIGINAL STORY: Kwame Kilpatrick supporters call for sentence commutationIts been more than seven years since the former mayor was sentenced to 28 years. In 2013, Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 federal felony counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and racketeering. Read more: 7 years ago: Kwame Kilpatrick is convicted on 24 federal felony counts
Live today: Kwame Kilpatrick supporters call for sentence commutation
A group pushing for former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatricks prison sentence to be commuted and debts to be forgiven is holding a virtual news conference Friday morning. Their news conference is calling for the commutation of Kilpatricks sentence and debt forgiveness for thousands of Black farmers. Heres a statement from EBONY:"Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison in 2013. He filed another motion in 2017 to vacate his prison sentence, and that was denied by a district court judge. Read more: 7 years ago: Kwame Kilpatrick is convicted on 24 federal felony counts
Novi man Paul Whelan sentenced to 16 years in prison on spying charges in Russia
A Michigan man arrested in Russia on suspicion of being a spy has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. Paul Whelan, 50, was found guilty and sentenced Monday. No discussions until a conviction.Meanwhile, Paul Whelan is back in his prison cell after emergency hernia surgery two weeks ago. The Whelan family is left hoping the diplomats, who have only been able to visit him sporadically to date, will now be able to do their work quickly. Our family is hoping as soon as possible the governments will get together and figure
Former Livingston County Judge Theresa Brennan to be released Wednesday
HOWELL, Mich. Former Livingston County Judge Theresa Brennan was originally scheduled to be released from jail June 25, but is being released early due to good behavior. RELATED: Former Livingston County Judge Theresa Brennan turns herself in for jail sentenceBrennan had been sentenced to six months in jail, 18 months of probation and 200 hours of community service after being removed from the bench and prohibited from seeking the same office for six years by the Michigan Supreme Court. I said right from the beginning, she would be treated the same as any other inmate, Livingston County Sheriff Michael Murphy said. That is exactly what we have done.The charges against Brennan included misconduct in office, conduct clearly prejudicial to the administration of justice, and failure to respect and observe the law. The misconduct in office and tampering with evidence charges against Brennan were dropped as part of her plea.