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Kwame Kilpatrick Wants Out Of Jail, Says 'Most Detroiters Have Forgiven Me'

The former mayor wrote an impassioned plea

June 13, 2018 - 12:04 pm

(WWJ) Say what you will about disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, he has never suffered from lack of self pity.

Kilpatrick put that on display once again this week when he posted an impassioned plea for his own release online, complaining that he's been treated "like a wild animal" and has missed out on key moments of his children's life since he was sentenced to federal prison on a conviction for racketeering and kickback schemes while in office.

"I have missed important moments in my sons lives; puberty, graduations, college entrance, basketball and football games, awards, and even the most important moments when they need their father’s counsel, presence and love," he wrote.

He has 19 years left on his federal prison sentence, and wants President Donald Trump to pardon him. Barbara McQuade, a law professor at the University of Michigan and one of the people who put Kilpatrick behind bars, sees a parallel between the former mayor and Trump

Kilpatrick writes that Jesus Christ has already pardoned him.

"By God’s grace, I have received a pardon from Him, through Christ Jesus. I pray that I will receive the opportunity for Pardon/Clemency from the President of the United States as well," Kilpatrick writes.

Kilpatrick served as mayor from 2001-2008, and was known during that time for his love of bling, fancy rides and large mayoral entourages. His trial was marked by witnesses who said they had to pay Kilpatrick in gifts or cash, or give the same to members of his family and inner circle, in order to get jobs and contracts in the city of Detroit. 

Kilpatrick writes that he now teaches Bible study in prison and teaches fellow prisoners how to lead better lives. "(I) mentor, tutor, and help men in many different areas; family, manhood, education, following Christ, and even taking responsibility for our sin, facing our wrongs…then repent, and bear fruit from that repentance."

It's time for him to be free, Kilpatrick says.  

"My family has forgiven me. I have asked the people of the city of Detroit for forgiveness many times. And most Detroiters have forgiven me as well."