Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick sentenced to up to 5 years in prison

Wednesday, May 26, 2010; A03

MICHIGAN

Ex-Detroit mayor gets prison term

Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) was sentenced to up to five years in prison Tuesday for violating the terms of his probation.

Kilpatrick, 39, asked Judge David Groner to show him compassion during the hearing, but Groner said, "That ship has sailed." Groner said that Kilpatrick would have to serve at least 18 months in prison but that he would be credited for 120 days of time served on his original sentence. He is still obligated to pay back the balance of his $1 million debt to the city of Detroit.

The fine and probation stem from Kilpatrick's conviction in 2008 for obstruction of justice, after lying under oath about an affair with his chief of staff. In a plea bargain, Kilpatrick resigned, served time in jail, and agreed to give up his law license, repay the city $1 million and stay out of politics for five years.

"I want to go home, your honor, where I belong," Kilpatrick told Groner. "I'm not here because of a gun charge or a drug charge. I'm here because of my confusion over some of the written orders that have been before me."

Groner listened to Kilpatrick's statement Tuesday but appeared unmoved.

-- Associated Press

CHILD SAFETY

Lawmakers seek ban on dangerous cribs

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) proposed late Monday to ban the sale and manufacture of drop-side cribs, and Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) plans to introduce similar legislation in the House later this week.

Cribs with a side rail that moves up and down, so parents can lift children from them more easily, have caused the deaths of at least 32 infants and toddlers in the United States since 2000. They are suspected in an additional 14 infant fatalities during that time.

The industry has already started phasing out the cribs, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission is moving to require that all cribs sold in the United States have fixed side rails. Yet there are still plenty of drop-side cribs for sale on the Internet and in use in homes and day-care centers.

-- Associated Press

Chicago couple found buried alive in home: Fire crews investigating a mysterious stench found an elderly couple buried alive under mounds of garbage in their Chicago home, authorities said Tuesday. The two were taken to a hospital, where they were listed in critical condition. Police had initially been called to the two-unit apartment building by neighbors who had not seen the couple in some time. Police called in the fire department because of the smell, and the team that entered wore hazardous-materials suits.

'Amityville Horror' home for sale: The house made famous in the 1979 film "The Amityville Horror" is up for sale in New York -- ghosts not included. The five-bedroom Dutch Colonial in Amityville went on the market Monday, listed for $1.15 million. The Oscar-nominated film is based on the story of the Lutz family's brief stay in the house beginning in December 1975, a year after six members of the DeFeo family were shot and killed as they slept in the home. Eldest son Ronald DeFeo Jr. was convicted of the murders.

Body of Ohio toddler mistakenly cremated: A Columbus, Ohio, coroner apologized Monday for a mistake in her office that led to two dead children being misidentified. That error resulted in a 14-month-old's body being cremated by mistake. Jaylen Talley's family had planned to bury him in a tiny white tuxedo.

-- From news services

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