Kilpatrick shipped to Philly prison after years in Oklahoma
Detroit — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is in the middle of a summer trip, courtesy of the U.S. Marshals Service.
Kilpatrick, 47, was transferred Monday to a new federal detention center in Philadelphia after spending more than four years at a federal prison in El Reno, Oklahoma. His arrival followed a brief stop at a temporary facility in Oklahoma City, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
His ultimate destination is unknown but the transfers sent Kilpatrick 1,500 miles away from his wife, three sons, father and sister, who relocated to Texas to be close to the former mayor.
It is possible Kilpatrick will be sent to a longer-term facility. In a court filing Tuesday, Kilpatrick said federal officials have not disclosed the new facility.
The coed Philadelphia facility houses 1,039 inmates. Kilpatrick, who was known for his fashion sense, custom-tailored suits and diamond earring, will receive a new wardrobe in Philadelphia that includes three olive-drab jumpsuits, five brown T-shirts, five pairs of socks and a pair of soft shoes, according to the prison manual.
The transfer comes as Kilpatrick continues to fight a $1.5 million restitution bill owed to Detroit, more than $11 million in debt, and as his family is pushing President Donald Trump to pardon the former mayor.
Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in federal prison after a jury convicted him of turning City Hall into a criminal racketeering enterprise and steering rigged water and sewer contracts to buddy Bobby Ferguson. Kilpatrick is scheduled to be released in August 2037.