(Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Last week, news spread quickly that, according to the Ebony Foundation, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick would be released from federal prison 21 years, likely due to the coronavirus prison situation. Now, the federal Bureau of Prisons has announced they have denied his application for home confinement, putting an end to the speculation.

Originally, the Ebony Foundation released a statement saying Kilpatrick would be released after serving seven years of a 28-year sentence. Michigan state representatives Sherry Gay-Dagnogo and Karen Whitsett, both of whom have asked President Trump to release Kilpatrick, also stated the former mayor would be freed early.

The Bureau of Prisons first declined to comment on Kilpatrick’s status, but now, has issued a statement putting an end to the speculation of an early release.

“On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the federal Bureau of Prisons reviewed and denied inmate Kwame Kilpatrick for home confinement,” the statement reads. “Mr. Kilpatrick remains incarcerated at the federal correctional institution in Oakdale, Louisiana.”

Kilpatrick, 49, is currently scheduled to be released in January 2037.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!