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Paul Manafort: 47 months in prison

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Lobbyist and former Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, learned on Thursday that he will spend almost four years in prison, far short of what had been expected and recommended for financial fraud convictions obtained by special counsel, Robert Mueller, as he investigated Manafort’s alleged collusion with the Russian government in 2016.

As far as the sentence goes, Manafort, 69, received 47 months, or almost four years, in a prison for defrauding banks and the government, and failing to pay taxes on millions of dollars in income he earned from Ukrainian political consulting.

The restitution: Judge TS Ellis set Manafort’s restitution payment in a range from $6 million to almost $25 million because, it is not yet clear how much money will relinquish to the federal government in his forfeiture proceeding.

Manafort spoke briefly about how prayer and faith have helped get him through this time and asked Judge Ellis “to be compassionate.” He told the judge that, “the last two years have been the most difficult years for my family and I.”

Prosecutor Greg Andres said Manafort never gave meaningful help help during his cooperation with the special counsel’s office, despite spending 50 hours together. Prosecutors argued that Manafort deserves at least 19-25 years in prison as opposed to the four years he was sentenced.

Judge TS Ellis said he believed the sentencing recommendation was “excessive,” adding that he believed Manafort “lived an otherwise blameless life,” was a good friend and was altogether a generous person to others.

The question to be answered is “what makes up Manaforts sentence?” Manafort’s bank fraud conviction. The other crimes Manafort committed have lesser sentences, which he’ll also serve at the same time. Essentially the longest prison sentence is what matter most. Judge Amy Berman Jackson will sentence Manafort next week for his separate crimes, also deciding whether her sentence should run concurrently or in addition to Ellis’s judgement.

Kevin Downing, attorney of Paul Manafort Photo/Cliff Owen

-Attorney Kevin Downing speaks with reporters Thursday following the sentencing of his client former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, in Alexandria, Virginia.

Paul Manafort’s attorney emerged from court after the sentencing and said his client, “accepts responsibility for his conduct.”

 

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