DETROIT (AP) – Federal prosecutors are recommending prison next week for the father of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Bernard Kilpatrick was convicted of a single tax crime by the same jury that convicted his son and contractor Bobby Ferguson of more serious crimes.
Bernard Kilpatrick was charged with racketeering conspiracy, but the jury couldn't reach a verdict. He was acquitted of attempted extortion.
Nonetheless, the government says there's evidence to show the 72-year-old Bernard Kilpatrick worked closely with Kwame Kilpatrick to strong-arm people who wanted city work.
The government says Bernard Kilpatrick made cash deposits of $605,000 during that period. Kilpatrick's lawyer says he was a legitimate consultant.
Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison.