Trump Commutes Kilpatrick Prison Sentence

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DETROIT, January 20, 2020 ~ For one of his last acts in office, President Trump commuted the prison sentence of Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.  In 2013, Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 federal felony counts, including mail fraud, wire fraud, and racketeering.  Trump’s decision was supported by many figures in Detroit, including two state representatives and dozens of faith leaders.

Reverend Kenneth Flowers of Greater New Moriah Baptist church said, “I do not condone his actions, however I do believe that the sentence was excessive, particularly in light of other individuals who may have been guilty of the same type of crimes but received far lesser sentences than he did.”

Others defended the sentence, including U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider who said, “Kwame Kilpatrick has earned every day he served in federal prison for the horrible crimes he committed against the people of Detroit.  He remains convicted of 24 felonies.  Kilpatrick has served only one-quarter of the sentence that was very appropriately imposed.”


January 21, 2021 ~ U.S. Attorney For The Eastern District of Michigan Matthew Schneider tells Paul W. he is not pleased with former President Trump‘s decision to commute Kwame Kilpatrick‘s prison sentence.

January 20, 2021 ~ Tresa Baldas, reporter with “The Detroit Free Press,” talks with Guy Gordon about Kwame Kilpatrick being given clemency by President Trump.