Ex-Detroit mayor Kilpatrick convicted in corruption case

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by Chris Patterson

(CNN) -- A jury has convicted former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick of most of the federal charges against him -- including racketeering extortion and filing false tax returns -- in a case accusing him of using the mayor's office to enrich himself and associates, CNN affiliate WDIV reported Monday morning.

His friend, contractor Bobby Ferguson, also was found guilty Monday of racketeering and extortion. Kilpatrick's father, Bernard Kilpatrick, was found guilty of a single tax count, and not guilty on two others charges, according to WDIV.

Kwame Kilpatrick, who was Detroit mayor from 2002 until he resigned in 2008, was the biggest target of a years-long Detroit City Hall corruption probe that lead to the convictions of two dozen people, including several of his closest friends and former City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, the wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers.

The former mayor was found guilty on 24 of 30 counts in federal court in Detroit. He could face up to 20 years in prison; sentencing did not take place Monday morning.