Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for running a complex racketeering scheme out of city hall.
The sentence is one of the stiffest ever leveled against a corrupt politician.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds said she wanted to send a clear message that corruption would not be tolerated.
Kilpatrick extorted bribes from contractors and steered at least $127 million in contracts to his friend and business partner, Bobby Ferguson, who is to be sentenced today.
Kilpatrick said he “really messed up” and was “extremely remorseful.”