Former Democratic Mayor Pleads for Donald Trump Pardon 'By God's Grace'

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is asking President Donald Trump to consider pardoning him for his past crimes.

The disgraced mayor, a Democrat, wrote on Facebook Tuesday that he is “ready (mentally, emotionally, spiritually) to go home.” The 47-year-old went to prison in 2013 after being sentenced to 28 years for racketeering conspiracy, extortion and filing false tax returns.

In the Facebook post, he said his family and the people of Detroit have forgiven him. His family has launched a website called the Free Kwame Project and his children made an original song for the website, The Detroit News previously reported.

“My family has forgiven me. I have asked the people of the city of Detroit for forgiveness many times. And most Detroiters have forgiven me as well,” Kilpatrick wrote.

Kilpatrick noted that he has “made some very bad decisions” and is hoping for a second chance outside of prison, but he hopes that he “will have the opportunity to help someone else.”

“Our country has always been the land of [second] Chances! I am hoping, confidently expecting, that I will have the opportunity to boldly move into the next season of my life; outside of these prison walls,” Kilpatrick wrote. “Also, that I will have the opportunity to help someone else get off the floor of despair, failure, brokenness and calamity...then walk courageously, confidently, and powerfully into their own new season, their own destiny.”

The disgraced mayor then asked Trump for a pardon or clemency. Kilpatrick also filed a request for commutation of his sentence with the Department of Justice, according to public court records obtained by the Detroit Free Press.

“By God's grace, I have received a pardon from Him, through Christ Jesus. I pray that I will receive the opportunity for Pardon/Clemency from the President of the United States as well,” Kilpatrick continued.

A petition was created in 2013 asking former President Barack Obama to give Kilpatrick clemency and had over 28,000 supporters. It was never granted.

The former mayor’s plea came after Trump recently granted clemency to Alice Marie Johnson and pardoned conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza. Most recently, Trump also considered offering a pardon for legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, but his attorney Ron Tweel said it would be “unnecessary” because "the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Muhammad Ali in a unanimous decision in 1971."

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