Paul Manafort Sentenced To Nearly 4 Years In Prison

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A federal judge on Thursday sentenced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to 47 months in prison, after a federal jury in Virginia convicted him on eight counts of bank and tax fraud last year.

The sentence, which was delivered by Judge T.S. Ellis III, was significantly less than the 19 1/2 to 24 years advised in federal guidelines.

Ellis described Manafort’s financial crimes as “very serious” but said the guideline range was “not at all appropriate,” and pointed to significantly more-lenient sentences handed down in similar cases.

The sentence will include time served, meaning nine months will be knocked off for the time he has already spent in jail. As a result, he will be incarcerated for three years and two months.

He was also ordered to pay a $50,000 fine and up to $24 million in restitution.

In remarks shortly before receiving his sentence, Manafort described himself as “humiliated and ashamed” of his behavior and for the pain he had caused his family. He thanked Ellis for a fair trial twice and asked him for compassion.

“My life professionally and financially is in shambles,” Manafort said. “To say that I feel humiliated and ashamed would be a gross understatement,” “I intend to turn my notoriety into a positive.”

However, Manafort did not express remorse for his actions — something Ellis noted before handing down the punishment.

“I was surprised that I did not hear you express regret,” said Ellis. “That doesn’t make any difference on the judgment that I am about to make … but I hope you reflect on that.”

Manafort is still facing additional years in prison after he pleaded guilty to foreign lobbying violations and witness tampering as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. He has not yet been sentenced in that case, and Mueller’s team recently asked a federal judge to sentence him to 24 years in prison and order him to pay as much as a $24 million fine.

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