Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to up to five years in prison on May 25 for violating terms of his probation, The Associated Press reported.
According to officials, Kilpatrick is required to serve at least one-and-a-half years in prison, but will be granted a 120-day credit for the time he served from his original sentence. Additionally, he is required to pay his $1 million debt to the city of Detroit.
In a ruling last month, Judge David Groner said Kilpatrick failed to report all of his assets and meet other conditions of his probation. Groner reprimanded Kilpatrick for his lack of honesty about his finances.
“Your continued attempt to cast yourself as the victim, your lack of forthrightness, your lack of contriteness and lack of humility…clearly rehabilitation has failed,” Groner told Kilpatrick during the hearing, according to the AP.
Kilpatrick testified in a whistleblowers’ lawsuit in 2008, saying he had no romantic involvement with his chief of staff, but text messages the two shared revealed he was lying. Subsequently, the city paid $8.4 million to the whistleblowers.
“Your testimony in this court amounted to perjury,” Groner told Kilpatrick during the hearing, according to the Detroit Free Press. “Most compelling is that you lied to this court, continued to lie, after you pleaded guilty to lying…The initial 120 days incarceration did nothing to rehabilitate you.”
After resigning, Kilpatrick spent 99 days in prison and agreed to repay the city and spend five years out of politics.
Following his February 2009 release, Kilpatrick gained employment as a medical software salesman for Covisint, an information technology company. While he had been making $3,000 monthly payments to the city of Detroit, prosecutors claim he could afford to make larger payments and intentionally hid his assets.