Ex-Detroit mayor pal Ferguson gets 21 years in prison
Sat, 12 Oct 2013 00:30:10 GMT —
DETROIT (AP) - A contractor convicted of corruption along with former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.
Bobby Ferguson's punishment on Friday was more than double what his attorneys had sought. It came a day after Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison, one of the longest penalties in recent cases of public corruption.
Kilpatrick and Ferguson were described as a tag team committing bribery, extortion and other crimes. The evidence showed that Kilpatrick often went to bat for his buddy and punished contractors who didn't make room for Ferguson on excavation projects.
Ferguson told Judge Nancy Edmunds that he's lived a "good life" but maybe "not to the fullest."
Prosecutors said $73 million of Ferguson's $127 million in revenue from city work came through extortion.