JACKSON, Mich. (WWJ) – Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has spent the past year as inmate number 7-0-2-4-0-8. At approximately 6:30 Tuesday morning, he’ll walk out of a Michigan prison as a free man.
WWJ Newsradio 950′s City Beat Reporter Vickie Thomas, reporting from outside the state prison in Jackson, says the media has gathered in the parking lot of the business office on Cooper Street, awaiting Kilpatrick’s release.
It’s been about 14 months since Kilpatrick was sent to prison for violating parole by trying to hide assets that could have been used to pay restitution to the city of Detroit. He still owes Detroit about $860,000. He’s expected to quickly head to Texas, where he will be on parole for 2 years, but the main objective is to pay back the city of Detroit — and the state of Michigan as well as the state of Texas will make sure of that.
Read Kilpatrick’s official release statement below:
I want to humbly thank all of the people who prayed for me and my family throughout this tumultuous time, especially during the past 14 months. Your prayers inspired me to press on as the Creator guided, trained, protected, covered, and loved me in ways that I never thought possible.
During my incarceration, I learned, sometimes through very painful processes, how important it is for me to put God, Faith, and Family first. The Michigan Department of Corrections has given me only 24 hours to leave the state of Michigan, so I will be returning home to my family in Dallas shortly after my release.
After I have reconnected and spent some much needed quality time with my family, I will begin to take interviews and to speak openly and honestly about my time inside and the truths and transformation this experience has yielded.
Detroit, I will return to speak frankly with you about this experience because it has affected all of us.
I am beginning anew. I am looking forward. I have new dreams and aspirations. I have a new hope. My greatest desire is that my testimony will give anyone who will listen permission to dream of greatness and to push toward it even in the midst of failure.
I am expecting a breakthrough for all of us.
Again, thanks to all for your well wishes, cards, letters, pictures, and prayers. Your faith, hope, and most of all, love, have contributed mightily to the development of my surrendered spirit and to the revelations of my heart.
- Kwame Kilpatrick