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DETROIT — Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Groner has denied the State Department’s request to allow Kwame Kilpatrick to participate in a special boot camp program.Download: Groner Denies Kilpatrick Boot Camp If the former mayor participated in the Special Alternative Incarceration Boot Camp Program (SAI), he could have been eligible to get out of prison after 90 days.Last week, the Michigan Department of Corrections notified Groner that Kilpatrick, who is serving a 14-month to five-year prison sentence for probation violation, was eligible for the voluntary 90-day special boot camp program.Watch: Kilpatrick To Be Eligible For Early Release
Watch: Prosecutor Says ‘No’ To Kilpatrick Boot Camp Kilpatrick is imprisoned at the Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee, about 200 miles northwest of Detroit. The boot camp is held at a facility in Chelsea, about 47 miles west of Detroit.The boot camp is usually in a halfway house environment and involves a highly disciplined regimen that includes military-style exercise and work assignments.MDOC spokesman Russ Marlan said the boot camp is reserved for non-violent offenders and is typically for younger inmates because of the rigorous physical activities.Kilpatrick, a former college football player at Florida A&M, and who has in recent years complained of a bad knee, would have been one of the oldest prisoners there.Groner said that based on the camp’s description, it “is best suited for and was designed with the intent of positively intervening in the lives of youthful offenders.”Groner went on to say that Kilpatrick’s sentence was carefully crafted to suit the offense.Groner sentenced Kilpatrick May 25 to up to five years in prison for violating probation in two 2008 criminal cases stemming from lies Kilpatrick told under oath during a 2007 whistleblowers’ lawsuit trial.He served 99 days in county jail and was ordered to repay Detroit $1 million in restitution. He wound up behind bars again last month after Groner determined he failed to adequately report his assets and turn over certain financial records.Groner ruled he could be released after a minimum of 14 months.Marlan has said successful boot camp completion would bring automatic parole.Last week, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy sent Groner a letter recommending he remain in prison.”The efforts by the Michigan Department of Corrections to place Mr. Kilpatrick in the SAI program would circumvent the court’s order. If the court wanted to sentence him to 90 days, it could have,” said Worthy in the letter.Worthy Responds To Kilpatrick Boot CampGroner returned Worthy’s letter with one of his own, stating the court will not respond to letters involving legal matters that are pending. He also sent a copy of Worthy’s letter and his response to Kilpatrick’s new attorney, Arnold Reed.

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