Former Trump campaign chief to be sentenced, could face life in prison

Former Trump campaign chief to be sentenced, could face life in prison

Sentencing guidelines in the Virginia case call for Manafort to serve somewhere between 19½ and 24 years in prison, after a jury found him guilty of eight charges and deadlocked on 10 others.

A jury a year ago convicted Manafort on eight counts, concluding that he hid from the Internal Revenue Service millions of dollars he earned from his work in Ukraine.

Judge: "I was surprised I did not hear you express regret for engaging in criminal conduct", Ellis said, per CNN.

Judge Ellis also noted during the hearing that Manafort "is not before the court for any allegations that he, or anyone at his direction, colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election".

Manafort still faces sentencing in the District of Columbia in a separate case related to illegal lobbying.

Prosecutors say that Manafort, 69, deserves between 19 and 25 years in prison as well as millions of dollars in fines and restitution for the crimes, for which a jury convicted him after a three-week trial last summer. He did not express remorse for his actions but talked about how the case has been hard for him and his family. "To say that I feel humiliated and ashamed would be a gross understatement". "My life, personally and professionally, is in shambles".

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months for tax and bank fraud in federal court Thursday.

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Jackson on February 13 ruled that Manafort had breached his agreement to cooperate with Mueller's office by lying to prosecutors about three matters pertinent to the Russia probe including his interactions with a business partner they have said has ties to Russian intelligence. Those proceedings revealed that prosecutors were highly interested in Manafort's 2016 interactions with an associate in his Ukraine dealings who has been linked to a Russian intel agency.

"Mr. Manafort's physical, mental, and emotional health, together with his age and his nearly nine-month stay in solitary confinement, weigh in favor of a sentence in this case that does not include a lengthy period of incarceration", they argued.

Last fall, Manafort reached a plea agreement with Mueller's team just before he was to go to trial in Washington on a series of other charges, including failing to register as a foreign agent.

The US president's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen has filed a lawsuit against the Trump's Organisation LLC in New York State Court in Manhattan stating that it failed to cover all legal expenses when Cohen was recruited by the company, court records stated. The crimes were unrelated to his time serving in the Trump campaign. But prosecutor Greg Andres argued that those details weren't relevant in the Virginia matter because Manafort chose to fight the Virginia case and because a federal judge in D.C. found that Manafort lied after he had agreed to cooperate with the government.

Manafort's attorneys, meanwhile, tried to get him a lighter sentence, citing their client's age and failing health.

Manafort was also present at a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between campaign staff and a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer promising "dirt" on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"It isn't a crime to have a lot of money and be profligate in your spending", Ellis told prosecutors.

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