DETROIT - OCTOBER 28: Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick appears in Wayne County Circuit Court for his sentencing October 28, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. Kilpatrick will spend 4 months in jail as part of a plea deal he accepted back in September in which he plead guilty to two felonies and no contest to a felony assault charge. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is getting an early release from federal prison, according to reports, likely because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The EBONY Foundation sent out a press release Friday (May 22) stating Kilpatrick has been given early release, following serving seven years of his 28 year sentence.

Kilpatrick was convicted in 2013 on 24 felony counts of public corruption for a criminal racket involving extortion, bribery, conspiracy and fraud. He was scheduled to be patrolled in 2037.

The EBONY press release stated the organization — in conjunction with the National Baptist Convention of America, the NAACP, National Business League, and a coalition more than 30 Black Megachurches — previously called for Kilpatrick’s early release. EBONY, according to the statement, sent a letter calling for his early release back in February.

One of Kilpatrick’s fellow inmates at the federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana, recently passed away from coronavirus.

No word yet on if Kilpatrick will come back to Detroit, be under house arrest or how else he might continue to serve his sentence.

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