Kwame Kilpatrick is the mayor of Detroit, Michigan. Elected at age 31, he became the youngest mayor in the history of Detroit, as well as...

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His political career destroyed long ago, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced Thursday to a stunning 28 years in prison for corruption.

The apparent last step in a series of scandals that destroyed his career and helped steer a crisis-laden city even deeper into trouble was an emphatic one.

Kilpatrick, who served as mayor from 2002-2008, fattened his bank account by tens of thousands of dollars using tactics better suited for a TV drama.

He traveled the country in private planes and even strong-armed his campaign fundraiser for stacks of cash hidden in her bra, according to evidence at trial.

"I'm ready to go so the city can move on," Kilpatrick said. "The people here are suffering, they're hurting. A great deal of that hurt I accept responsibility for."

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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, awaiting trial on perjury and other charges, has been sent to jail after violating bail by leaving the country.

Prosecutor Robert Moran argued that Kilpatrick should have told Judge Ronald Giles of a trip to Canada. The mayor, who is required to alert the court to all travel plans, went across the border last month on business.

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Kwame Kilpatrick apologized, but Giles ordered him into custody, saying he was giving the mayor the same treatment as any other defendant.

Kilpatrick faces charges of perjury, misconduct and obstruction of justice stemming from a scandal in which he and ex-Chief of Staff Christine Beatty lied about having a sexual relationship and their roles in firing a police official.

Kwame Kilpatrick (seen here with wife Carlita Kilpatrick) is the mayor of Detroit, Michigan. At least until he's sent to prison for perjury and other shady things.

Beatty and Kwame Kilpatrick denied under oath during a civil trial last year that they had a romantic relationship in 2002 and 2003.

Text messages allegedly exchanged between the two in April reveal sexually explicit exchanges and professions of love and promises of marriage.

Kilpatrick was also busted in a sordid love tryst with Carmen Slowsky ... whoever that is. Something tells us it could be an alias. Just maybe.

His attorneys have questioned the authenticity of those and other allegations, fighting battles on several legal and political fronts.

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This video pretty much speaks for itself.

First, there was Kwame Kilpatrick's affair with chief of staff Christine Beatty and the text message scandal (no, really) that exposed it.

Then, his dalliances with Carmen Slowsky... whoever that is.

Now, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has apologized publicly for his behavior ... but he can not lie, ladies and gentlemen. See below ...

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Reports that Kwame Kilpatrick had a woman other than his wife with him at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C., before speaking at the Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast left event organizers disappointed Friday.

The embattled Detroit Mayor and scandal extraordinaire was reportedly in the western North Carolina city with some woman named Carmen Slowsky.

Reportedly, Kwame Kilpatrick and Carmen Slowsky had champagne and a whirlpool bath together at a cost of more than $500.

A copy of the hotel invoice shows a stay arranged for two. A prosecutor in Michigan launched an investigation Friday into allegations that Kilpatrick lied under oath about an affair with top aide Christine Beatty.

Kwame Kilpatrick is married, and news of a scandalous extramarital affair with his chief of staff, Christine Beatty, had surfaced in Detroit recently.

Kilpatrick has said the affair was over, but the political damage lingers.

Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy said she picked Kwame Kilpatrick up at the airport, saw him at the breakfast and again at dinner, and he was alone each time. But questions about Carmen Slowsky continue to dog the mayor.

"It's very disappointing to have this happen," she said. "Kwame Kilpatrick's speech was a chance to energize the community around mentoring and tutoring our youth. The event was meant to focus on Dr. King's legacy and now the focus is this."

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Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his chief of staff, Christine Beatty, lied about their relationship last summer during a police whistle-blower trial that has cost the cash-strapped city more than $9 million, USA Today reports.

The false testimony potentially exposes them to perjury charges. Barack Obama and his shady business associate have nothing on these two.

Kwame Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty denied in August testimony that they had a sexual relationship. But a series of text messages shows they engaged in romantic banter as well as planned and recounted sexual liaisons.

The text messages are also at odds with the pair's testimony that they did not fire Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown, who later sued, in 2003. Texts show Christine Beatty recalling the "decision we made to fire Gary Brown."

The Kilpatrick-Christine Beatty relationship and Gary Brown's dismissal are central to the whistle-blower suit filed by Brown and Harold Nelthrope.

The two former police officers accuse Kwame Kilpatrick of retaliating against them because of their roles in an internal investigation of the mayor's security team â€" a probe that potentially could have exposed his affair with Beatty.

The newspaper examined nearly 14,000 text messages on Christine Beatty's city-issued phone. The exchanges cover two months each in 2002-2003.

The text messages cover a range of issues, from the daily minutiae of city business to political gossip to the latest doings on American Idol.

Kilpatrick, who is married, and Beatty, both 37, exchanged personal messages almost daily, including romantic notes like this one from October 3, 2002 ...

Kilpatrick: "I'm madly in love with you."
Beatty: "I hope you feel that way for a long time. In case you haven't noticed, I am madly in love with you, too!"

Other texts contain sexual content, like this April 8, 2003, exchange:

Beatty: "And, did you miss me, sexually?"
Kilpatrick: "Hell yeah! You couldn't tell. I want some more."

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