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Second Manafort sentencing brings total to 7.5 years

Second Manafort sentencing brings total to 7.5 years

A federal judge on Wednesday added 43 months to Paul Manafort’s prison term, bringing the total sentence to 7 1/2 years for the former Trump campaign chairman.

Manafort, 69, appeared before district court Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., wearing a suit and seated in a wheelchair to face sentencing for the two criminal charges of conspiracy he pleaded guilty to as part of a deal with prosecutors in September. He faced a maximum of 10 years in prison for those crimes.
The proceedings 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 special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference and potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Manafort will be given time served for the nine months he has already spent in jail, meaning he will spend less than seven years in prison.

“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.”

In the Virginia case, a jury in August found Manafort guilty of five counts of filing false tax returns, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to report overseas bank accounts.

To avoid a second criminal trial on additional charges stemming from Manafort’s lobbying work in Ukraine on behalf of pro-Russian politicians, he had agreed to fully cooperate with Mueller’s probe.

But Manafort blew the deal by lying to federal prosecutors about subjects material to the investigation, including his interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, a Russian translator who worked for Manafort’s consulting business and is suspected by federal agents of having ties to Russian intelligence.