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Ex-mayor Kilpatrick won’t be leaving prison early

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2010, file photo, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick attends a court hearing in Detroit. Kilpatrick, who has served seven years of a 28-year sentence for corruption, has been turned down for home confinement during the coronavirus pandemic and won't be leaving prison early, the government said Tuesday, May 26, 2020. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said it “reviewed and denied” Kilpatrick for the early release program. He remains at the federal prison in Oakdale, La. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has served seven years of a 28-year sentence for corruption, has been turned down for home confinement during the coronavirus pandemic and won’t be leaving prison early, the government said Tuesday.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons said it “reviewed and denied” Kilpatrick for the early release program. He remains at the federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana.

The brief statement came four days after a Detroit-area pastor and the Ebony Foundation announced that Kilpatrick would be leaving Oakdale, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus and COVID-19.

The Rev. Keyon Payton said Kilpatrick was being quarantined ahead of a June release to his mother’s home in Atlanta.

He said foundation representatives and allies of the former mayor had been in “constant communication” with the Trump administration.

State Rep. Karen Whitsett, a Detroit Democrat, said President Trump told her last week that Kilpatrick would be released.