Bernard Kilpatrick, left, walks into federal court with his lawyers on Thursday afternoon. (Todd McInturf / The Detroit News)

Bernard Kilpatrick sentenced to 15 months in prison for tax crime

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard, was sentenced Thursday afternoon to 15 months in prison for a single tax crime stemming from the City Hall corruption case. U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds said Bernard Kilpatrick, 72, took money and did no work for contractors who were strong-armed by his son, requiring a prison term to send … Continue Reading →

Bobby Ferguson quotes from the Bible in U.S. District Court prior to sentencing by Judge Nancy Edmunds. (Illustration by Ray Stanczak / The Detroit News)

Kilpatrick pal Ferguson learns fate in federal court: 21 years

Bobby Ferguson will serve 21 years in prison for his role in a long-running pay-to-play scheme involving friend and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.  U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds handed down the sentence just after 11:30 a.m., but not before making a series of comments while Ferguson sat holding a Bible at the defense table.

Kwame Kilpatrick guilty on 24 counts; Bobby Ferguson on 9

Jurors convicted former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and contractor Bobby Ferguson of federal racketeering and other charges, but only convicted Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard, on one tax charge. The verdict was announced minutes into the 15th day of deliberations. The jury spent about 79 hours deliberating following a five-month trial in federal court.

No verdict after Day 11 of Kilpatrick deliberations

Jurors in the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption trial punched out this afternoon after failing to reach a verdict. So far, the jury has spent about 62 hours deliberating following a five-month trial. The former Detroit mayor, his father Bernard and contractor Bobby Ferguson face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of corruption charges.