Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick exits the federal courthouse on March 11, 2013, in downtown Detroit after the jury handed down a verdict in his public corruption trial. Kilpatrick was convicted on 24 of 30 counts, including five counts of extortion, racketeering, bribery and several mail, wire and tax fraud charges.(Photo: Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press)
DETROIT - Detroit's former mayor, convicted on federal corruption charges, is being sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court here.
Prosecutors are asking for a sentence of at least 28 years in federal prison.
Kwame Kilpatrick, 43, was found guilty March 11 of 24 of 30 counts of corruption, including five counts of extortion, racketeering, bribery and several mail, wire and tax fraud charges. On three counts he was found not guilty, and on the remaining three no verdict was reached.
Kilpatrick's lawyer, Harold Gurewitz, has asked for 15 years. U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds will make the final decision.
Kilpatrick, son of former congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, was elected mayor of Detroit in 2001 and was forced to resign from office on Sept. 17, 2008.
The former mayor, in custody since his conviction, entered court shortly after 10 a.m. ET Thursday in handcuffs and a prison jumpsuit. He sat next to Margaret Raben, another of his lawyers. The hearing is expected to continue until mid-afternoon.