While the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the 2014 conviction of Willie Singletary for lying to the FBI, it ordered that he be re-sentenced, because the presiding judge misapplied the sentencing guidelines. Singletary was previously sentenced to 20 months and was released in 2016. Now Judge Robert F. Kelly, using what he called an "upward bearing," gave him the exact same sentence.
Defense attorney William J. Brennan says it should have been probation to six months, rather than 15-21 months.
"The jury found every judge not guilty of every corruption charge. He was charged with lying to the FBI, which is the single most home field advantage," Brennan said.
He says they wanted to correct the record.
Singletary, who briefly ran for Congress in 2016, is now seeking an at-large seat on City Council.
"Yes, I made a mistake," Singletary said, "but I'm not a mistake. I'm going to fix Philadelphia, when given a chance again."
Outside the federal courthouse, as he left reporters and photographers, he revealed a campaign slogan. He chanted "Willie for Philly," saying the voters should decide about his second chance.
"I think what I went through has made me a better person. It taught me a lot about myself. I had to learn a lot of hard lessons," he said. "I'm going to keep fighting. I don't give up. I don't give in. And I don't give out."
The day before the resentencing, Singletary submitted more than 2,000 signatures in a petition to run for City Council.