No prison for Kilpatrick buddy in corruption case
Detroit – — A man who says he gave kickbacks to the father of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick won’t go to prison.
Marc Cunningham was placed on two years of supervised release Tuesday, similar to probation. Federal Judge Nancy Edmunds says his cooperation during the Kilpatrick corruption investigation and trial was “extraordinary.”
Cunningham attended college at Florida A&M University with Kilpatrick and worked at city hall. Cunningham pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 2010.
He says Kilpatrick directed him to give $15,000 to Bernard Kilpatrick while Cunningham was seeking an investment from Detroit’s pension funds for a venture capital firm.
Bernard Kilpatrick was convicted of a tax crime in 2013, but the jury acquitted him or couldn’t reach a verdict on other charges. Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison.