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28 years in prison for corrupt ex-Detroit mayor

DETROIT (AP) - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption that turned city hall into a pay-to-play parlor.

Kilpatrick was convicted earlier this year of two dozen crimes, including racketeering conspiracy, bribery and extortion. There was evidence of shakedowns, kickbacks and strong-arm tactics to reaped tens of thousands of dollars and other benefits from people who wanted city business.

The sentence was a victory for prosecutors, who had recommended Kilpatrick serve at least 28 years in prison.

Kilpatrick quit office in 2008 after a different scandal involving sexually explicit text messages and an extramarital affair. The 43-year-old Democrat served as mayor for nearly seven years.

He hopes to be assigned to a federal prison near family members living in North Texas.

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