Former Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick, who resigned and plead guilty to obstruction of justice in 2008, was sentenced Tuesday to up to five years for violating his probation. "The sentence was harsher than expected, elicited loud gasps in courtroom," reports The New York Times.
Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner rejected a lengthy, emotional plea for lenience by Mr. Kilpatrick, and criticized the former mayor for lying, attempting to portray himself as a victim and ultimately failing the residents of Detroit. In April, the judge determined that Mr. Kilpatrick had violated his probation by hiding hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets, in hopes of keeping the assets from being used to pay the $1 million in restitution he was ordered to pay to the city of Detroit. At one point, Mr. Kilpatrick had argued that he could only afford $6 a month to the beleaguered city, even though he had moved his family into a luxurious home in a wealthy community near Dallas. As a result of his 'contemptible behavior,' Mr. Kilpatrick must spend between 18 months and five years behind bars, the judge said Tuesday.
During his scandal-plagued administration, Kilpatrick infamously campaigned for a same-sex marriage ban in Michigan, saying that he didn't "support equal rights for gays because marriage should be a sacred institution between 'a man and a woman.' "
The anti-gay and ethically-challenged mayor was later outed as a serial adulterer. Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff faced multiple felonies after tens of thousands of text messages surfaced, including many sexually explicit ones, that revealed they were having an affair and attempting to payoff witnesses with city funds. This was Kilpatrick's second publicized extramarital affair.