A former big city mayor has been sentenced to 18 months to five years in state prison for violation of his parole.

A judge ruled that former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick failed to report all of his assets and meet other conditions of his probation after his conviction for obstruction of justice.

According to the Detroit Free-Press, Judge David Groner first reminded Kilpatrick of his crimes: He lied under oath about his affair with his chief of staff, about the firing of a deputy chief, authorized a secret settlement with $8.4 million in taxpayer money and then violated his probation.

The newspaper reports:

“Your testimony in this court amounted to perjury,” the judge told Kilpatrick. “Most compelling is that you lied to this court, continue to lie, after you pleaded guilty to lying….

“The initial 120 days incarceration did nothing to rehabilitate you.”

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