DETROIT, MI, - March 11: Detroit contractor Bobby Ferguson (3rd L) arrives at U.S. District Court to hear the jury's verdict in his public corruption trial March 11, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Ferguson and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick were convicted on federal racketeering charges. Kilpatrick's father Bernard Kilpatrick, was convicted of submitting a false tax return. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Court documents filed today (April 29) indicate that former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s friend Bobby Ferguson has been granted compassionate release from prison.

United States District Court Judge Nancy G. Edmunds filed an opinion giving Ferguson the early release because of “extraordinary and compelling reasons warranting a sentence reduction in this case.”

The opinion states in part that Ferguson, “served a slightly longer term of imprisonment than a more culpable co-defendant (Kilpatrick) … his motion comes during an unprecedented global pandemic and Defendant has an increased vulnerability to the virus.”

Ferguson is currently being housed at the Federal Correctional Institution Elkton in Lisbon, Ohio.

He was scheduled to be released Jan. 29, 2031.

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