Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick paroled

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Posted: Jun 24, 2011 5:48 PM
Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick paroled

DETROIT (Reuters) - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was granted parole on Friday and will be released from state prison in late July, a state prison spokesman said.

Kilpatrick, 41, was sentenced to 18 months to five years in prison after he was convicted of obstruction of justice for hiding assets and failing to pay $1 million in restitution to the city he headed from 2002 to 2008.

He can be released from prison as soon as July 24, said Russ Manlan, Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman.

In a 2008 plea deal, Kilpatrick resigned as Detroit mayor, spent four months in jail and agreed to the $1 million restitution.

Earlier this week, prosecutors in Wayne County -- where Detroit is located -- said Kilpatrick still owed about $860,000 of the $1 million in restitution to the city, and a judge barred him from making money from an upcoming book to be released in August.

Kilpatrick on Friday requested and was granted permission to have his parole supervised in Texas, where his wife and children live. He will be monitored by a parole officer for 24 months, Manlan said.

Kilpatrick still faces federal charges.

In June 2010, Kilpatrick was indicted by a federal grand jury on fraud and tax charges. The indictment alleged that Kilpatrick used a tax-exempt organization to give himself cash kickbacks, fund his political campaigns, financially support his family and friends and pay for yoga and golf lessons.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Greg McCune)