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Former Detroit mayor Kilpatrick released from prison

Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick listens to Judge David Groner during his sentencing hearing where he received 120 days in jail in Michigan
Former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick listens to Judge David Groner during his sentencing hearing where he received 120 days in jail in Michigan

DETROIT (Reuters) - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was released from a Michigan state prison on Tuesday after serving about 14 months for violating the terms of his probation on obstruction of justice and perjury charges.

Kilpatrick, 41, who faces multiple federal charges, left a prison in Jackson, Michigan, west of Detroit at about 6:10 a.m. local time with his attorney and brother-in-law, said John Cordell, a state corrections department spokesman.

The former mayor was sentenced to 18 months to five years in prison for hiding assets and failing to pay $1 million in restitution to the city he headed from 2002 to 2008.

Kilpatrick is expected to join his wife and children in Texas. The terms of his release call for 24 months parole supervised in Texas and restitution, Cordell said. He owes Detroit about $860,000 restitution, he said.

"He was a model prisoner and we expect that he will be a model parolee as well," Cordell said.

Under his plea deal in 2008, Kilpatrick resigned as mayor, spent four months in jail, agreed to the restitution and surrendered his law license.

A federal grand jury indicted Kilpatrick in June 2010 on fraud and tax charges alleging he used a non-profit fund for cash kickbacks, political campaigns and personal expenses.

Those personal expenses included yoga and golf lessons, summer camp for his children, college tuition for relatives and a crisis manager to support his image after public disclosure of text messages of a sexual nature, the indictment alleges.

In December, prosecutors expanded the charges against Kilpatrick to include bid-rigging, bribery, extortion and other offenses involving city sewer, water and construction deals.

His father, Bernard Kilpatrick, friend and contractor Bobby Ferguson, and two aides also were charged for what prosecutors called a "wide-ranging and sweeping pattern" of abuse.

The charges included attempts to steer business toward Ferguson including demolition of Tiger Stadium and the renovation of the Book Cadillac Hotel, two of the most noted jobs in Detroit over the past decade.

The federal trial has been scheduled for September 2012.

(Writing by David Bailey; Editing by Greg McCune)

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