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Parole Board: Kwame Kilpatrick To Be Released From Prison

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DETROIT (WWJ) - The Michigan parole board has voted to release former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, after more than a year in behind bars.

Prison spokesman Russ Marlan told WWJ Newsradio 950 that, as a condition of his parole, Kilpatrick must live in Texas.

“He’ll have a two-year parole. He’s asked to reside in Texas, along with a couple of special conditions that he obey all court orders and that he pay restitution in monthly installments until the restitution is paid in full,” Marlan said.

Another stipulation — Kilpatrick will be paroled no earlier than July 24, giving prosecutors time to challenge the decision.

Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in 2008 after he lied on the stand about an affair with his then chief of staff, Christine Beatty. He ended up in prison in May 2010 after  said he violated his parole by failing to honestly disclose his assets while owning the city $1 million in restitution.

WWJ and Fox 2 Legal Analyst Charlie Langton says he has no problem with the parole board’s decision.

“He hasn’t had any violations.  He’s done everything that they’ve told him to. He is not in for a terrible, terrible crime, which would warrant some major, major review. No. Kwame Kilpatrick did his time and now he should be out, and he will be,” Langton said.

Langton said he believes Kilpatrick received no special treatment.

Kilpatrick still faces trial in 2012 on unrelated federal corruption charges, accused of taking kickbacks and bribes in exchange for city contracts.

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