Detroit —Bobby Ferguson will serve 21 years in prison for his role in a long-running pay-to-play scheme involving friend and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds handed down the sentence just after 11:30 a.m., but not before making a series of comments while Ferguson sat holding a Bible at the defense table. She called him the catalyst of an unprecedented and historic extortion scheme. At different points, her speech drew a snicker from Ferguson and, later, a head shake.
If he serves his full sentence, Ferguson will be 65 years old when he leaves prison.
On hearing his fate, Ferguson breathed heavily and stared at the judge with an open mouth. He hunched over the defense table as prosecutors discussed which of his possessions will be forfeited. His legal team has 14 days to appeal the sentence.
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