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Authorities move former Detroit mayor to Oklahoma City federal prison

Disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was moved to Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center on Tuesday, according to U.S. Bureau of Prisons records.
by Silas Allen Modified: January 15, 2014 at 6:21 pm •  Published: January 16, 2014
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Disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was moved to a federal prison in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, according to U.S. Bureau of Prisons records.

The bureau's inmate list showed Kilpatrick was still being housed at Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center on Wednesday afternoon.

The transfer center houses federal inmates as they move between prisons. Bureau officials wouldn't confirm where Kilpatrick was headed. During his sentencing, a federal judge recommended Kilpatrick serve his sentence in Texas, where his family lives. Kilpatrick resigned as mayor in 2008 and had been living in the Dallas area since then.

Kilpatrick is serving a 28-year prison sentence after being convicted of racketeering conspiracy, fraud, extortion and tax crimes in March. During his trial, prosecutors said Kilpatrick ran Detroit's city government like a criminal enterprise.

Kilpatrick is the second high-profile inmate to pass through the transfer center in the past few months. Former Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger was moved to the prison in December on his way to a federal prison in Tucson, Ariz.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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