DETROIT — Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick should be sent to prison for at least 28 years for ‘‘astonishing’’ corruption that enriched him and his family while a desperate city slid toward financial collapse, prosecutors said Thursday.
The 51-page filing came a week before Kilpatrick is to be sentenced in federal court for two dozen crimes, including racketeering conspiracy, fraud, and tax offenses. The government presented a scathing summary of evidence from his months-long trial and said the corruption tops all recent cases prosecuted elsewhere in federal court.
Detroit ‘‘desperately needed resolute leadership. Instead it got a mayor looking to cash in on his office through graft, extortion, and self-dealing,’’ the US Attorney’s Office said.
Detroit is being run by emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who is trying to restructure at least $18 billion of long-term debt in US Bankruptcy Court.
He was appointed by the state in March.