The former mayor of the city of Detroit and two co-defendants have been found guilty of an assortment of federal charges. Ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and construction firm owner Bobby Ferguson were convicted of numerous counts of racketeering-related charges in a verdict delivered on Monday, March 11. Kilpatrick's father Bernard was found guilty of a single lesser charge, of filing a false tax return. Only the senior Kilpatrick was spared being sent immediately to jail pending formal sentencing. The RICO statutes which Kilpatrick and Ferguson were convicted of carry stiff penalties of up to 20 years each.
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