The sentencing of Kwame Kilpatrick

Live updates from Federal Court: The sentencing of Kwame Kilpatrick

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DETROIT (WJBK) -

An extraordinary court hearing is underway in the corruption case of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

No cameras are allowed in federal court, so Fox 2 will provide continuing coverage on Twitter @FOX2News or using the Twitter feed embedded in this page. 

Kilpatrick is in Detroit federal court to get his sentence for corruption while in office. He entered court in handcuffs Thursday, shortly after 10 a.m., wearing prison clothes. He's been in custody since his conviction last March.

Defense attorney Margaret Raben gave him a warm touch on his left forearm as he sat next to her.

The government is asking for at least 28 years in prison, while Kilpatrick hopes the sentence doesn't exceed 15 years.

Prosecutors have argued in a sentencing memorandum that the circumstances surrounding Kilpatrick's crimes make him eligible for life in prison.

Kilpatrick will have an opportunity to speak, and the judge may allow other witnesses to testify. She is expected to sentence Kilpatrick in the afternoon.

Kilpatrick's best friend and co-defendant, city contractor Bobby Ferguson, is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday. He was convicted of 9 counts of public corruption. Prosecutors argued that he should get a sentence similar to Kilpatrick's. Ferguson's attorneys have said he should get no more than 10 years.

Kilpatrick's father, Bernard, is scheduled to be sentenced next week. He was convicted of one count of filing a false tax return.

KWAME KILPATRICK WAS CONVICTED ON THE FOLLOWING 24 CHARGES:

 COUNT CHARGE
CRIME
RECOMMENDED PENALTY  (YRS.)
 1  RACKETEERING, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization 18 U.S.C. Sec 1962(d) (RICO conspiracy) UP to 20 years  RICO  20
 2  Sewer Lining Inland Waters-18 U.S.C Sec 1951 - under color of official right  Extortion  20
 3  Amended Sewer lining contract Inland Waters-18 U.S.C Sec 1951  Extortion  20
 4  Baby Creek/Patton Park -18 U.S.C Sec 1951  Extortion  20
 5 Oakwood Pump Station -18 U.S.C Sec 1951 - under color of official right Interfere with Commerce  20
 9  East Side Water Main Repair -18 U.S.C Sec 1951  Extortion  20
 17 Bribe $75000  -- 18U.S.C Sec 666(a) Bribery related to Government Entitiy  10
18  $10,000 donor check to Civic Fund - 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1341 and 1343  Mail Fraud  20
19  Feb. 13 2007 Civic Fund Letter -  18 U.S.C. Sec. 1341 and 1343  Mail Fraud  20
20  $5,000 donor check to Civic Fund -  18 U.S.C. Sec. 1341 and 1343  Mail Fraud  20
21  $4,500 check to Summer Camp -  18 U.S.C. Sec. 1341 and 1343  Mail Fraud  20
22 May 23 2008 Civic Fund Letter -  18 U.S.C. Sec. 1341 and 1343  Mail Fraud  20
23  $2,640 Civic Fund check to Summer Camp -  18 U.S.C. Sec. 1341 and 1343  Mail Fraud  20
24 $10,000 donor check to Civic Fund -  18 U.S.C. Sec. 1341 and 1343  Mail Fraud  20
25  $1,000 donor check to Civic Fund -  18 U.S.C. Sec. 1341 and 1343  Mail Fraud  20
26 $4,000 check to Civic Fund -  18 U.S.C. Sec. 1341 and 1343  Mail Fraud  20
28  Aug 24 Civic Fund Letter   18 U.S.C. Sec. 1341 and 1343  Mail Fraud  20
30  June 20 2008 Letter  18 U.S.C. Sec. 1341 and 1343  Mail Fraud  20
31  2003  26 U.S.C Sec 7206(1) (False rtax return) $500,000 fine, upt to 3 years or both ax Evasion False Return  5
32  2004  26 U.S.C Sec 7206(1) (False rtax return) $500,000 fine, upt to 3 years or both Tax Evasion False Return  5
33  2005  26 U.S.C Sec 7206(1) (False rtax return) $500,000 fine, upt to 3 years or both  Tax Evasion False Return  5
 34  2006  26 U.S.C Sec 7206(1) (False rtax return) $500,000 fine, upt to 3 years or both  Tax Evasion False Return  5
 35  2007  26 U.S.C Sec 7206(1) (False rtax return) $500,000 fine, upt to 3 years or both  Tax Evasion False Return  5
 36  2008  26 U.S.C Sec 7206(1) (False rtax return) $500,000 fine, upt to 3 years or both  Tax Evasion False Return  5

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