Paul Manafort Was Sentenced. Here's How Long He'll Spend In Prison


U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis imposed the sentence of 47 months in prison on Manafort, 69, during the hearing in Alexandria, Virginia.

Federal sentencing guidelines called for a term of roughly 20 years, though few observers expected Manafort to receive a sentence that long.

Judge TS Ellis, imposing the sentence, told Manafort he "lived an otherwise blameless life" but that did not outweigh his crimes, however.

Manafort's decisions, Mueller's team said, "were his own and his efforts at misdirection are further proof that he has not accepted responsibility for his criminal conduct". Manafort later addressed Ellis personally, saying, "I ask you to be compassionate". "I know it is my conduct that has brought me here", he said. He described his life as "professionally and financially in shambles".

Manafort, according to CNN, entered the courtroom Thursday in a wheelchair.

Mueller's office countered that it was "Manafort's own criminal actions that have led to these consequences". He has been jailed leading up to his sentencing. At one point, after securing Manafort's longtime deputy Rick Gates as a witness against him, prosecutors split his case in two, putting the more clear-cut financial crimes indictment in the fast-moving Northern Virginia federal court. Ellis rejected those efforts.

In just under a week, on March 13th, he faces a second sentencing hearing in federal court in Washington, D.C. on felony counts that he pleaded guilty to past year. Prosecutors have looked to that second sentencing as a backstop to keep Manafort in prison, in case the judge in Virginia is extremely lenient.

The convictions he was sentenced for today are unrelated to the Trump campaign, but the crimes were unearthed by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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Manafort is the only one of the 34 people and three companies charged by Mueller to have gone to trial.

In many ways, the Manafort case - which reached back nearly a decade to track the movement of money from his Ukrainian political consulting work, through the time he was broke and working for Trump in 2016 - has shaped Mueller's actions for nearly two years.

Prosecutors had argued in their sentencing memo that there was scant reason to go easy on Manafort.

Trump has also dangled the possibility of pardons for some of those indicted - including Manafort, whom he has praised as a "good man" who has been treated unfairly.

Mueller's team issued a scathing rebuttal, stating that Manafort had breached a plea agreement reached with the government and lied repeatedly to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel's office.

Mueller is preparing to submit to U.S. Attorney General William Barr a report on his investigation into whether Trump's campaign conspired with Russian Federation and whether Trump has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe. Trump has denied collusion and obstruction and Russian Federation has denied election interference.

At a February 13 hearing in Washington, Manafort attorney Kevin Downing said it was important that the allegation of Kilimnik's "known ties to Russian intelligence be countered, and be countered in a balanced manner".

None of the charges against Manafort are connected to his role in the Trump campaign, which he headed for a couple of months in 2016.