Manafort Sentenced To An Additional 3.5 Years In Prison For A Total Of 7.5 Years Behind Bars

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A federal judge on Wednesday added 43 months to Paul Manafort’s prison term, bringing his total prison sentence to 7 1/2 years behind bars.

The 69-year-old former Trump campaign chairman appeared before district court Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., to face sentencing for the two criminal charges of conspiracy he pleaded guilty to as part of a deal with prosecutors in September.

Wednesday’s sentencing came just days after a federal judge in Virginia sentenced Manafort to 47 months in prison for his conviction on eight criminal charges uncovered in the course of Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference and potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

“I am sorry for what I have done and for all of the activities that have gotten us here today,” Manafort said Wednesday before his second sentence was handed down. “I know that it was my conduct that brought me here today. For that, I am remorseful.”

He faced a maximum of 10 years in prison for his crimes at Wednesday’s sentencing.

Judge Jackson also called out the defense’s memo, which stated that the special counsel was never able to charge Russian collusion (this was their approach to the sentencing memo).

“It’s hard to understand why an attorney would write that,” she said about Manafort’s defense team’s approach. “No collusion” is “simply a non-sequitur.”

The judge said Manafort’s argument about the Russia investigation won’t affect her sentence.

“The defendant’s insistence” that this shouldn’t have happened to him “is just one more thing that’s inconsistent with the notion of any genuine acceptance of responsibility,” Jackson said.


Source theguardiansofdemocracy

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