Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick says not reporting his money gram collection in Chesterfield Township was a major misstep during a recent interview with WWJ News Radio.
"This is a huge deal. ... This is big. I had no idea that I would be facing even a chance of losing my freedom over this incident," he said in an exclusive Monday interview with WWJ City Beat reporter Vickie Thomas.
His comments follow his initial statements that the incident was trivial.
Kilpatrick, who was placed on tether at his mother's home for the alleged parole violation says he's been "an exemplary parolee," adding, "I don't want this to affect my federal trial. You know, I'm facing spending the rest of my life in prison."
He spoke of the being a prominent figure on parole.
"I don't know of a parolee that's more in the spotlight than me."
Kilpatrick must wear the device while the Michigan Department of Correction investigates whether he violated parole for receiving a $2,000 gift from a Chicago pastor in December that was cashed out at the Chesterfield Township Walmart store.
Chesterfield Township trip
When asked about why he went to Chesterfield Township that day, Kilpatrick declined to say.
"I can't do that—that's a part of the investigation," he told WWJ.
Kilpatrick continued that the inquiry perplexes him. "When I first got that question it blew me away. ... If you travel outside the corporate confines of the city of Detroit, people want to know why you were there."
He says those kind of questions, such as "Why do you go to Macomb County?" are "making this entire region suffocate."
Listen to the entire WWJ interview here.
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