Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EST
DETROIT (AP) — President Donald Trump has commuted the prison sentence of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has served about seven years of a 28-year sentence for corruption. The announcement Wednesday morning was part of a flurry of clemency action in the final hours of Trump’s White House term. A White House statement noted that prominent members of the Detroit community had supported the former Democratic mayor’s commutation and it said that while in prison Kilpatrick “taught public speaking classes and has led Bible Study groups with his fellow inmates.” Kilpatrick was convicted in 2013 of racketeering conspiracy, fraud, extortion and tax crimes. The government called it the “Kilpatrick enterprise,” a yearslong scheme to shake down contractors and reward allies.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is proposing a $5.6 billion plan to combat and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, including the use of billions in federal relief and $575 million in surplus state funds. The request will go to Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature on Wednesday, less than a month after Congress and President Trump enacted additional COVID-19 aid. A major facet of the Democratic governor’s proposal would allocate $2 billion — $300 million of it state dollars — to help K-12 schools offer the option of in-person instruction by March 1 and to address pandemic-related learning loss.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Attorneys for former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are telling prosecutors that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county. Snyder was charged last week with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. The former Republican governor was indicted by a Genesee County judge who sat as a grand juror and considered evidence presented by prosecutors. Snyder lawyer Brian Lennon says in a letter to prosecutors Tuesday the allegations occurred at the governor’s office in Lansing. Snyder is among nine people charged in a new investigation of the crisis. A hearing took place Tuesday in Snyder’s case and the next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 23.
GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — A former western Michigan college professor has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty in his severely autistic teenage son’s drowning death in an icy backyard pool. Fifty-one-year-old Timothy Koets was sentenced Monday to a minimum of two years in prison and a maximum of 15 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. He had pleaded guilty in December to involuntary manslaughter and child abuse in the March 2019 death of 16-year-old Samuel Koets. The teen drowned in the backyard pool at the family’s home in Georgetown Township, about 170 miles west of Detroit. He drowned after spending an hour in its waters, with his arms restrained.