For those who follow local political corruption, you might recall that ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick rejected a plea deal in 2012 that called for him to serve 15 years in prison. He rolled the dice and took his chances by going to trial. He ended up with a 28-year sentence.
Now, comes former Clinton Township Trustee Dean Reynolds who on Wednesday formally rejected a plea bargain that likely would have resulted in him serving about 10 years in prison, according to a court filing, Mitch Hotts of the Macomb Daily reports.
Reynolds acknowledges that if he is found guilty in an upcoming trial, his sentencing guidelines likely will call for about double that amount.
“Having fully considered all the foregoing, it is my decision to reject the offer a negotiated guilty plea, even though it may have terms and conditions that are more favorable to me than if I were to be convicted at trial,” Reynolds said in a letter of understanding with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the paper reports.
Reynolds was indicted in 2016 in a widesweeping FBI probe into political corruption in Macomb County. He is accused of taking about $83,000 in cash and legal services from Chuck Rizzo, the former owner of Rizzo Environmental Service, in exchange for favorable treatment for the company’s waste-hauling contract with the township. He is also charged with accepting bribes in exchange for supporting municipal contracts with a towing company seeking work in Clinton Township while he served as a trustee.