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Kwame Kilpatrick not among group pardoned by President Trump for federal crimes

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Posted at 6:48 AM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 06:48:05-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is not among the group of people recently pardoned by President Donald Trump for various federal crimes.

The president issued pardons Tuesday to a number of his supporters, most notably former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and Representatives Chris Collins and Duncan Hunter.

Back in November, Ayanna Kilpatrick, sister of the former mayor, claimed her brother would get an early COVID-19 compassionate release from federal prison.

Public records online from the Federal Bureau of Prisons still show that Kilpatrick will not be released from federal prison until Jan. 18, 2037. Kilpatrick is currently serving his sentence in a low-security prison in Oakdale, Louisiana. He was originally sentenced to serve 28 years in 2013 on several charges.

In January, billionaire Peter Karmanos, a longtime friend of Kilpatrick, said he was working to get President Donald Trump to pardon the ex-mayor.

Then, in February, State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo delivered a letter to Trump signed by pastors and mayors requesting the sentence be commuted.

In all, Trump issued 15 full pardons and commuted all or part of five additional people.