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Sister of Kwame Kilpatrick 'expects' he will get early COVID-19 release

Posted at 9:22 AM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 09:22:01-05

(WXYZ) — The sister of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick claims he will get an early COVID-19 compassionate release from federal prison this week.

Public records online from the Federal Bureau of Prisons still show that Kilpatrick won't be released from federal prison until Jan. 18, 2037, and we haven't been able to find court documents about a possible early release.

Ayanna Kilpatrick tweeted Sunday night, "Due to suffering severe health challenges we expect Kwame Kilpatrick to receive a grant for COVID-19 compassionate release from the FBOP this week. We are extremely grateful to God and we thank each and every one who has kept him and his family lifted in prayer. -The Family."

Kilpatrick is currently locked up in a low-security prison in Oakdale, Louisiana. He was originally sentenced to serve 28 years in 2013 on several charges.

If this all sounds familiar, it's because in May, Kilpatrick himself requested an early release but the Federal Bureau of Prisons rejected it.

There were also rumors of Kilpatrick getting an early release that never came true.

In January, billionaire Peter Karmanos, a longtime friend of Kilpatrick, said he was working to get President Donald Trump to pardon the ex-mayor.

Then, in February, State Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo delivered a letter to Trump signed by pastors and mayors requesting the sentence be commuted.