Written By Cyrus Langhorne
Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick has agreed to plead guilty on two felony charges in connection with a recent sex scandal earlier this year. He's set to resign after six years in office.
According to The New York Times, Kilpatrick has accepted the deal from prosecutors this morning (September 4) in exchange for a guilty plea to two felony counts of obstruction of justice. Under the terms of the plea bargain, the mayor will be ordered to pay $1 million in restitution to Detroit, spend 120 days in county jail and lose his law license and state pension.
“He understands fully the agreement and agrees to be bound by it,” attorney Gerald Evelyn said in court today.
In exchange for his guilty plea, Kilpatrick will have all other charges dropped that included perjury and misconduct in office. His resignation is expected to take effect within 14 days with Detroit Democrat City Council president Kenneth V. Cockrel, Jr. replacing him.
Aside from telling the judge “I lied under oath” Kilpatrick continued to make headlines throughout the summer as he was caught violating his bond last month while traveling. He also was charged with additional felony counts when Michigan attorney general Mike Cox claimed the mayor allegedly assaulted several police officers.
The mayor caught fire when his sexual relationship with his chief of staff Christine Beatty was discovered with over 4,000 exchanged text messages last year. After lying while on trial in order to cover up the affair, Beatty’s resigned in January.
Making history as the youngest mayor of Detroit, Kilpatrick was dubbed “ America’s hip-hop mayor” in 2003 by Russell Simmons’ while attending a Hip-Hop Summit in Detroit.
Kilpatrick’s sentencing will take place on Tuesday, October 28.