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Federal prosecutors: Kilpatrick trial witness should get shorter sentence

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick leaves the U.S. District Court after he was convicted on federal racketeering and other charges in Det
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick leaves the U.S. District Court after he was convicted on federal racketeering and other charges in Det

DETROIT (WKZO) -- Federal prosecutors say a key witness in the City Hall corruption trial should get a shorter sentence for tax evasion because she helped convict former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

A plea deal could send 70-year-old Emma Bell to prison for two years, but prosecutors say she should spend no more than one year behind bars for her cooperation.  Bell testified she would regularly give the former mayor thousands of dollars in kickbacks that she concealed in her pocket or bra.

Kilpatrick's former political fundraiser will be sentenced on Thursday.

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