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Published: Wednesday, 4/21/2010

Kilpatrick in violation of probation


DETROIT - Kwame Kilpatrick violated terms of his probation by failing to report assets and turn over tax refunds, a judge ruled yesterday, suggesting he may send the former mayor of Detroit to jail when he's sentenced next month.

Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner said Kilpatrick could remain free on bond pending his sentencing on May 25 and ordered state corrections officials to prepare a presentence report by May 18.

Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in 2008 after sexually explicit text messages became public, showing he had lied under oath about an affair with a staff member in a whistle-blowers' lawsuit.

The 39-year-old resigned, served 99 days in jail, agreed to give up his law license, repay the city $1 million, and stay out of politics for five years.

Prosecutors claim Kilpatrick hasn't paid enough toward the $1 million he owes Detroit.

He has been making monthly payments of $3,000 while living in the Dallas area and working as a salesman.

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