Ex-Detroit mayor freed after 14 months in prison

August 2, 2011 - 6:30 AM

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been released from prison after serving 14 months for violating probation in a 2008 criminal case.

A relative escorted Kilpatrick from a state facility in Jackson to a waiting vehicle shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The 41-year-old Kilpatrick is free on parole but still faces a federal corruption trial that could send him back to prison. He plans to re-join his family in Texas.

Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and resigned from office in 2008 after he lied at a civil trial to cover up an extramarital affair with his chief of staff. That lawsuit cost Detroit $8.4 million.

He was imprisoned in May 2010 for failing to disclose assets and surrender sufficient funds that could have reduced his $1 million restitution to Detroit.