WCHB - Former mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick was released from prison Tuesday morning to enjoying his first taste of freedom in over a year.
Kilpatrick has been serving a sentence in Jackson Prison since last May for violating his probation when he failed to disclose all of his assets to the court. Kilpatrick currently owes the City of Detroit approximately $860,000 in restitution.
Kwame Kilpatrick has 24 hours to return to Texas, where he’ll be reunited with his family. He must immediately report to his parole officer in that state.Contributing Source WXYZ
This just in from the WCHB News Room: KWAME KILPATRICK ISSUES STATEMENT UPON RELEASE
“I want to humbly thank all of the people who prayed for me and my family throughout this tumultuous time, especially during the past 14 months. Your prayers inspired me to press on as the Creator guided, trained, protected, covered, and loved me in ways that I never thought possible.
During my incarceration, I learned, sometimes through very painful processes, how important it is for me to put God, Faith, and Family first. The Michigan Department of Corrections has given me only 24 hours to leave the state of Michigan, so I will be returning home to my family in Dallas shortly after my release.
After I have reconnected and spent some much needed quality time with my family, I will begin to take interviews and to speak openly and honestly about my time inside and the truths and transformation this experience has yielded.
Detroit, I will return to speak frankly with you about this experience because it has affected all of us.
I am beginning anew. I am looking forward. I have new dreams and aspirations. I have a new hope. My greatest desire is that my testimony will give anyone who will listen permission to dream of greatness and to push toward it even in the midst of failure.
I am expecting a breakthrough for all of us.
Again, thanks to all for your well wishes, cards, letters, pictures, and prayers. Your faith, hope, and most of all, love, have contributed mightily to the development of my surrendered spirit and to the revelations of my heart.”