Once dubbed the nation’s “Hip Hop Mayor” after being elected the Motor City’s chief executive at the age of 31 in 2001, the sky seemed to be the limit for Kwame Kilpatrick, former Mayor of Detroit–but currently Inmate #44678-039 housed at Fort Dix.
Renowned for his dapper attire, flamboyantly polished air, and charismatic approach to governing, Kilpatrick was initially seen as a rising Democratic political star, and a transformational African-American figure.
But he quickly fell from grace and became ensnared in a mess of scandals, sex revelations, accusations, and finally, investigations that lead to indictments for tax evasion, mail fraud, perjury and more.
Things got so bad that Kilpatrick was investigated though not charged in the shooting murder of a stripper he had a connection to.
Eventually, Kilpatrick’s crimes landed him a 28 year federal prisons sentence, which he is currently serving.
But Kwame wants out, and he’s hoping President Trump will show him the same generosity he has shown by giving pardons to high-powered political insiders, a 62 year old African American grandma previously serving life on a drug charge, and possibly soon even Martha Stewart, as well as disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.
Now Kwame wants a pardon, too.
After writing about the hell he’s already been through in prison, and the hell he says he regrets brining on his family and the city he was convicted of pilfering from, Kilpatrick said he’s already received a pardon from Jesus Christ, but he said he wants one from Donald Trump, too, in a Facebook post published yesterday on a page dedicated to freeing him called “The Freedom and Justice Trust”:
Our country has always been the land of 2nd Chances! I am hoping, confidently expecting, that I will have the opportunity to boldly move into the next season of my life; outside of these prison walls. Also, that I will have the opportunity to help someone else get off the floor of despair, failure, brokenness and calamity…then walk courageously, confidently, and powerfully into their own new season, their own destiny.
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”.–Kwame Kilpatrick Facebook Post
Barring an unlikely pardon from Trump, Kilpatrick is staring at a 2037 release date.