Ex-con, former Kilpatrick employee joins Rep. Peters

DETROIT (AP) -- A Detroit-area congressman has hired an ex-convict who worked for former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Kandia Milton is working for U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, a Democrat from Oakland County. Peters tells TV station WXYZ that he's a Christian who believes in giving people a second chance.

He says Milton, who was sentenced to 14 months in prison, has "paid his price." Milton rose to become deputy mayor under Kilpatrick. He pleaded guilty to taking a $20,000 kickback to help arrange the sale of city land.

Milton will be paid about $43,000 to work for Peters, whose new congressional district includes a large chunk of Detroit. Milton could be called as a witness at Kilpatrick's ongoing corruption trial in federal court.

Published: Wed, Dec 19, 2012