Detroit divided on Kilpatrick's ouster

DETROIT (AP) -- "A sad but historic story" is what Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm is calling it.

But as Kwame Kilpatrick's scandal-plagued tenure as mayor of Detroit comes to an end, there's a broad range of opinion on the man and his punishment.

In a plea deal today, Kilpatrick admitted he had "lied under oath." He entered guilty pleas to felony charges stemming from a sex scandal involving him and his former top aide. As part of the deal, Kilpatrick resigned, will serve four months in jail and five years of probation. He'll pay a million dollars in restitution and lose his law license.

For Detroit resident Byron Jackson, that's too much. He calls the jail time "excessive."

Another city resident, Commika (koh-MEE'-kuh) Shannon, says justice was not served and Kilpatrick was never given a chance from the day he took office.

Still, others outside the courthouse say the city will be better off without Kilpatrick. Steven Conn says Kilpatrick was "all about himself and his rich friends."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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