Imprisoned ex-Detroit mayor pleads for pardon, clemency from Trump

Imprisoned ex-Detroit mayor pleads for pardon, clemency from Trump
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A former Detroit mayor who was imprisoned after being convicted on corruption charges is pleading with President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE for a pardon or clemency, The Detroit Free Press reported.

The newspaper pointed to a Facebook post in which Kwame Kilpatrick (D) called his incarceration the "most painful, gut-wrenching and transformational time" in his life and his family's lives. 

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“I am ready (mentally, emotionally, spiritually) to go home!” Kilpatrick, who went to prison in 2013 after being convicted of two dozen felonies including racketeering, extortion and wire fraud, wrote.

Kilpatrick also wrote that he is praying to receive a pardon or clemency from the president. 

The Free Press also reported that Kilpatrick filed a request for a commutation — a shortening of his sentence — with the Department of Justice.

He also sought a commutation with President Obama, but it was never granted, it added.

If Trump does not grant Kilpatrick’s request for commutation, the disgraced mayor will remain in prison until at least 2037, the newspaper reported.

Kilpatrick appeared to be acknowledging his guilt in the commutation filing, the newspaper noted.

“Yes, I have made some very bad decisions in my life,” he wrote on Facebook. “Yes, I betrayed my wife and family because of my own lust and sin. Yes, I failed to deliver on the promises and opportunities that was given to me by the people of Detroit, Michigan. And yes, I have been severely punished for it.”

Trump recently pardoned conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza and granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother whose case was advocated by Kim Kardashian West.