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Kilpatrick assistant going to prison

DETROIT, June 30 (UPI) -- A former aide to ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to prison for accepting bribes tied to the sale of land to the Catholic Church, officials say.

U.S. District Judge Gerald Rosen sentenced DeDan Milton to 3 1/2 years in prison for accepting bribes in 2006 and 2007 to rubber-stamp the sale of city-owned Camp Brighton to the Chaldean Catholic church, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

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"You have contributed to the sense of pay for play scheme of corruption run by the former administration at all levels," Rosen said. "I don't hold you responsible for all of it, but you were certainly part of it."

The judge ordered drug testing for Milton, who allegedly has a history of substance abuse. He also ordered Milton to report his bribes to the Internal Revenue Service and to file an amended tax return, the newspaper said.

Former Detroit Police officer Jerry Rivers, 39, was sentenced to one year and one day in the Camp Brighton case after pleading guilty to conspiracy to bribe.

Authorities allege Rivers was approached by a representative of the church to buy the property, the Free Press reported.

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Rivers, who is cooperating with authorities, said he received $20,000 for his role; Kilpatrick's deputy mayor, Kandia Milton, received $20,000; and DeDan Milton got $10,000.

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