Milan's newest residents?: Judge orders Kwame Kilpatrick, Bobby Ferguson directly to federal prison
Editor's note: This story was edited at 4:08 p.m. to indicate that Kilpatrick could be held in Milan or a county jail.
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A judge has ordered former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and former city contractor Bobby Ferguson to be sent directly to jail following their conviction Monday on federal crimes related to public corruption.
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Kilpatrick and Ferguson were sentenced directly to jail by U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds in a 1:30 p.m. hearing Monday, following a court session earlier that morning in which a jury found Kilpatrick guilty on 24 of 30 charges and Ferguson guilty of nine of 11 charges.
The only federal holding facility for individuals charged with federal crimes in Michigan is the Federal Correctional Institution in Milan, said James Dunn, executive assistant to the warden and detention center administrator for the facility.
Should Kilpatrick and Ferguson not be sent to the Milan facility, they could be held at a county jail, Dunn said.
The Milan federal prison is a low-security prison for men in Michigan, operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons at 4000 Arkona Road in Milan.
As of March 7, there were 1,544 inmates at the facility. It has basketball and tennis courts, horseshoe pits and a softball field.
Kilpatrick has been locked up in the Federal Correctional Institution in Milan before -- he was transferred there in 2010 from the Oaks Correctional Facility near Manistee for easier access to his defense team and research facilities.
Living conditions at the Milan facility are reportedly cleaner, less crowded and have better food, according to media reports.
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