Outgoing Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick gives a televised speech about his administration's accomplishments and his family's personal morale after pleading guilty to two felony counts of obstructing justice by committing perjury at the Coleman A. Young Building in Detroit, Michigan, on Thursday, September 4, 2008. (Photo by Amy Leang/Detroit Free Press/MCT/Sipa USA)

Kwame Kilpatrick's Son Pleads To President: 'Grant My Father Mercy, Commute His Sentence'

August 14, 2019 - 9:32 am

(WWJ) - Kwame Kilpatrick's kids are launching another effort to free their father from prison.

Last year, the former mayor of Detroit reportedly asked President Donald Trump for a pardon, 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.

Detroit mayor-elect Kwame Kilpatrick hugs his sons Jelani and Jalil,5, while campaigning Nov. 1, 2001. (© GABRIEL B. TAIT, DETROIT FREE PRESS)

"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.

Now it appears that Kilpatrick's sons are also pleading with the president. Calling his father's 28 year sentence "egregious," Kilpatrick's youngest son Jonas posted a video plea to Trump, reflecting on how much of his life his father has missed.

"I've been without my father for almost seven years now. I just graduated high school and he was not in attendance. I'm moving to college tomorrow and he will not be there to drop me off. And these aren't the worst things to come of my father's absence," he said.

"It's the little things, like taking me to school, grabbing a bite to eat, talking about girls, talking about basketball. But most importantly, him being present to show me an example and be a model for how a man should move and express himself and carry himself in everyday life."

"Every day that my father is in prison is another day that I lose. I feel cheated," he continued. "So I'm asking you, Mr. President, to please grant my father mercy, commute his sentence and bring him home to his family. Please."

Carlita and Kwame Kilpatrick hold their new son, Jonas IIsaiah Kilpatrick Thursday morning, Dec. 13, 2001, in their room at Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit. (© Chip Somodevilla, DETROIT FREE PRESS)

This is not the first time Jonas and his older brothers, Jalil and Jelani, have attempted to "#FreeKwame." Last summer, they released a rap song about their father called "Too Much Time," which is featured on a number of social media support groups for the former mayor. 

The Sixth  U.S Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court have rejected all of Kilpatrick's appeals. No word yet from the president. 

First elected mayor in 2001, Kilpatrick​ resigned in 2008 after pleading guilty to perjury in a sex and text messaging case involving his Chief of Staff. In October of 2013, he was ordered to spend 28 years behind bars for convictions on 24 counts -- including racketeering extortion and bribery -- for fixing city business to enrich himself and his friends. 

Kilpatrick's expected release date remains Aug. 1, 2037.