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Published: Monday, 12/1/2008

Ex-Detroit mayoral aide pleads guilty in scandal

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Christine Beatty, former Chief of Staff for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, attends a hearing in 36th District Court in this August 7, 2008 file photo. Christine Beatty, former Chief of Staff for Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, attends a hearing in 36th District Court in this August 7, 2008 file photo.
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DETROIT - The ex-chief of staff for former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has pleaded guilty in their text-messaging sex scandal case and will serve 120 days in jail.

A tearful Christine Beatty offered the guilty pleas to a pair of felony obstruction of justice counts Monday morning in a Detroit courtroom.

Under a deal with prosecutors, she will be sentenced to four months in jail and five years of probation.

Beatty was charged with perjury, misconduct and obstruction of justice. She and Kilpatrick were accused of lying during a whistle-blowers' trial about being romantically involved.

Kilpatrick is serving a four-month jail sentence as part of a plea to two charges.



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