Kwame Kilpatrick will serve out the rest of his 28-year prison sentence, the Bureau of Prisons announced on Tuesday night.
Rumors spread this week that the former Detroit mayor, who was sentenced to 28 years on corruption charges, would receive an early release after inmates died during a Covid-19 outbreak at Oakdale federal prison complex in Louisiana.
Reports claimed Kilpatrick, 49, would be released to his mother's home in Georgia this week.
Kilpatrick's friends and family's were hopeful when state lawmakers appealed to President Donald Trump on his behalf.
The ex-husband of Kilpatrick's sister confirmed the rumors after claiming to have seen an email from Kilpatrick himself advising them of his impending release.
But on Tuesday, May 26, the federal Bureau of Prisons said Kilpatrick will remain incarcerated at the federal correctional institution in Oakdale to serve out his 28-year sentence.
Corrections officers sued the prison over the lack of masks and gloves for their protection when they come in contact with infected inmates.
Other high-profile inmates have since walked out of federal prisons, including Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, Trump's former consigliere Michael Cohen, and Black Mafia Family drug kingpin Terry "Southwest T" Flenory.