Kwame Kilpatrick, the former mayor of Detroit who was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison, wants President Trump to commute his sentence. In a long Facebook post, he enumerated the reasons why he feels he should be pardoned.
In 2013, Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years of imprisonment after being convicted of over 24 felonies which included extortion and racketeering. It was also discovered that he had several exchanges of sexually explicit text messages with his chief of staff Christine Beatty… while they were both married.
For a total of seven years, he has been in county, state, and federal prisons on several charges. He is now in a New Jersey prison.
In a Facebook post published through The Freedom and Justice Trust on June 12, he asks for clemency while stating the lessons he learned and what he has endured during his imprisonment.
“I accepted Christ as my Lord, my Savior, and my Redeemer that day; June 9, 2014. And everything in my life changed! Not just in my life, but also in the lives of my parents, my siblings and my sons.
“Yes, I have been punished severely. I have been chained like a wild animal, shacked around my ankles, waist and wrist, with a black box to keep my hands at my side many times. I have spent more than 5-Months in Solitary Confinement at different periods in this journey because they wanted to do that to me. I have experienced ridicule, scorn, and disrespect from prison staff that you couldn’t imagine.”
He also stated that he has been taking various courses and is now teaching in public speaking, employability skills, and Bible study, and even serves as a worship leader for the prison’s church services. All in all, he is saying that he has been a model prisoner and that he’s copping his own previous bad behaviors.
“Yes, I have made some very bad decisions in my life. Yes, I betrayed my wife and family because of my own lust and sin. Yes, I failed to deliver on the promises and opportunities that was given to me by the people of Detroit, Michigan. And yes, I have been severely punished for it.”
Finally, he claims that the people of Detroit, his family, and even Jesus has pardoned him and so must Trump as well.
“My family has forgiven me. I have asked the people of the city of Detroit for forgiveness many times. And most Detroiters have forgiven me as well… By God’s grace, I have received a pardon from Him, through Christ Jesus. I pray that I will receive the opportunity for Pardon/Clemency from the President of the United States as well.”
Just recently, President Trump granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson who was serving a life sentence for a non-violent drug offense. Trump also previously commuted the sentences of Dinesh D’Souza, Joe Arpaio, and Scooter Libby.
So far, Trump has not yet responded to Kilpatrick’s request.