U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to an additional 3½ years in prison Wednesday for conspiracy linked to his lobbying efforts in Ukraine for a pro-Russian political party, adding to the almost four-year term he was handed in a companion case last week.
But Jackson ordered a portion to be served concurrently with a 47-month sentence given by Judge T.S. Ellis in federal court in Virginia last week. "Let me be very clear: I accept responsibility for the acts that have brought us here today".
"This case has taken everything from me, already", he said, naming all his assets now in the government's possession.
Manafort appears for sentencing in this court sketch
The prosecutor said Manafort's crimes spanned more than a decade, that he had concealed his foreign lobbying work, laundered millions of dollars to avoid USA taxes and coached witnesses in the investigation to lie.
This is a developing story and will be updated with additional information.
Less than an hour after Manafort was sentenced on federal conspiracy charges in Washington, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced that the new charges were filed in state Supreme Court last Thursday.
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His attempts to cover up his crimes by asking witnesses to lie for him, Weissmann said, "is not reflective of somebody who has learned a harsh lesson. At each juncture, though, Mr Manafort chose to take a different path", Mr Weissmann said. An indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses the 69-year-old Manafort of conducting a yearlong residential mortgage fraud scheme that netted millions of dollars. She gave him credit for the nine months he has already spent in prison, reducing the term facing him to 81 months - a little under seven years.
Jackson could have given Manafort up to 10 years in prison in the Washington case - five for each of the two conspiracy counts.
The judicial analyst said that although Manafort's judge made an effort to show compassion to him and defended him as "not a public enemy", she was irritated that he insisted that he was not guilty and that he was only in her court because of the special prosecutor. "She needs me, and I need her".
A pardon would not necessarily help Manafort tremendously, as he now faces state charges in NY for alleged mortgage fraud.
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In a plea cut in September 2018, Manafort admitted to money laundering, tax fraud and illegal foreign lobbying connected to his years of lucrative work for Ukrainian politicians, as well as defrauding banks to supplement his income with cash through mortgages.
Defence lawyer Kevin Downing suggested Manafort was being unduly punished because of the "media frenzy" generated by the appointment of a special counsel.
Shanlon Wu, a Washington criminal defence attorney, said Jackson would have to weigh the fact that Manafort admitted his guilt, a mitigating factor, against her finding that he lied to prosecutors in breach of his plea deal, which freed prosecutors from any obligation to recommend leniency.
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