Disgraced Trump Campaign Chief Manafort Receives Four Years, Faces 10 More Next Week

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Thursday was sentenced to 47 months in prison after a federal jury in the Commonwealth of Virginia convicted him on eight counts of bank and tax fraud  last year.

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Manafort’s conviction in August made him the first campaign associate of President Trump found guilty by a jury as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis emphasized ahead of sentencing that the Manafort case was not about Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Ellis said that the guidelines of sentencing Manafort to between 19 and 24 years in prison were “excessive for this case.” Manafort will receive credit for the nine months he’s already served. Manafort was also hit with a $50,000 fine.

 

Manafort, who has been dealing with health issues, looked unwell as he entered the courtroom in a wheelchair. He told Ellis the last two years have been the most difficult he and his family have ever experienced and  he appreciated the way the trial was conducted.

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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