A judge is ready to order a sentence for the father of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.
Bernard Kilpatrick is asking for probation or minimal time behind bars. He was convicted of a tax crime but cleared of other crimes during a corruption trial with son Kwame Kilpatrick and Detroit contractor Bobby Ferguson.
Nonetheless, prosecutors are recommending a sentence of more than two years Thursday.
They accuse the elder Kilpatrick of using his son's job as mayor to make money for little or no work. Evidence showed he deposited more than $600,000 in cash in the bank.
Defense lawyer John Shea says Bernard Kilpatrick was a legitimate consultant. Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison last week.