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The former mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, is known to have said that he would never give up on Detroit but now he is singing a very different tune. In emails written to his parole agent, Kilpatrick says that he is done with Detroit and will never live there again.
The emails which were obtained by the Free Press were written by Kilpatrick to his parole agent, Charles Wright. In one e-mail, Kilpatrick said,
“I am a Texas resident…I have no intentions of ever residing here again. I’m often thought of as a Detroiter, but I am not. My life, family and residency is in Texas.”
The Free Press obtained the e-mails from the Michigan Department of Corrections. The department has been monitoring Kilpatrick’s parole status since he was put on probation for violating his prior probation. The former mayor is facing felony charges from the text message scandal that led to his departure from his position as mayor. He is on trial for charges including racketeering, conspiracy, extortion and bribery.
On Tuesday Kilpatrick told the Free Press, in an e-mail, that he had indeed moved to Texas, saying,
“I and my family moved to Texas nearly four years ago. The move, as well as our new home state, has been a tremendous blessing for all of us. I love Detroit, and it will forever be my hometown. But I’ve truly discovered, through very painful and sometimes self-inflicted circumstances, that my home is where Carlita, Jelani, Jalil and Jonas reside.” (Carlita, Jelani, Jalil and Jonas are his family members)
In the e-mail to his parole agent, Kilpatrick also disclosed that he had flown from Dallas to Detroit for free saying,
“I have two great friends that are employees of the airline that allow me to use their passes to fly.”
Kilpatrick also disclosed that he was staying at a hotel room in Greektown for free.Kilpatrick’s e-mails to his parole agent can be obtained freely through the Freedom of Information Act. In the e-mails, Kilpatrick cites performing speaking engagements as his main way of generating an income, while he is on trial.