Kwame Kilpatrick (Detroit News file photo)
Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick didn't get his wish and was sent Tuesday to a medium-security prison in Oklahoma after officials didn’t honor his request to serve a 28-year sentence for corruption in Texas near his wife and three sons.
Kilpatrick is incarcerated in the El Reno federal prison, about 30 miles west of Oklahoma City, according to the Bureau of Prisons website. He had been temporarily housed at a transfer center in Oklahoma.
The transfer comes as Bobby Ferguson, pal and co-defendant in the corruption case, is on trial on federal bid-rigging charges. Ferguson was sentenced to 21 years.
“There are a number of factors that are considered in determining the appropriate place of incarceration including: type of offense, length of sentence, any prior incarceration, any history of escape or violence, any need for medical or other specialized treatment, population management considerations and recommendations from the sentencing court,” Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross said Wednesday. “It is not uncommon for an inmate to be transferred from one facility to another over the course of their confinement for any number of reasons including program participation or to be closer to their release residence.”
The Oklahoma prison has 1,212 inmates and is about 30 minutes west of Oklahoma City. The prison also is about a four-hour drive from Kilpatrick’s family in Texas.
The prison has several notorious inmates, including violent gang member Aaron Lopez Garcia, 35, who was once one of the U.S. Marshal’s Service’s most-wanted fugitives.
Garcia, a member of the California-based Nortenos street gang, escaped from a Washington state jail in 2006 before being captured three years later.
Also at the Oklahoma prison: Evert Eoff, a 51-year-old Seattle-area man who was accused of trying to hire someone to kill a federal prosecutor.
Kilpatrick, 43, is scheduled to be released Aug. 1, 2037. He was convicted of 24 charges including racketeering conspiracy in March after being accused of turning City Hall into a criminal enterprise. His 28-year term is tied for the longest public corruption sentence in U.S. history.
Kilpatrick had asked to serve his sentence in a federal prison in Texas near his wife and three sons — a request backed by U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds.
Meanwhile, Ferguson is being held in Milan. Kilpatrick’s dad, Bernard Kilpatrick, who was convicted of a tax crime and sentenced to 15 months, is incarcerated at a Texas prison.