Ex-Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort gets 47-month sentence

Manafort, sitting in a wheelchair, had no visible reaction as he heard the sentence

By AP in Alexandria (United States)
  • Published 8.03.19, 12:47 PM
  • Updated 8.03.19, 12:47 PM
  • a min read
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Paul Manafort was last year convicted on eight counts, and the jury concluded that he hid from the Internal Revenue Service millions of dollars he earned from his work in Ukraine. AP file photo

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians, much less than what was called for under sentencing guidelines.

Manafort, sitting in a wheelchair, had no visible reaction as he heard the 47-month sentence. While that was the longest sentence to date to come from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, it could have been much worse for Manafort. Sentencing guidelines called for a 20-year-term, effectively a lifetime sentence for the 69-year-old.

Judge T.S. Ellis III imposed the sentence on Thursday, capping the only jury trial following indictments stemming from special counsel Mueller's investigation.

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

Manafort has been jailed since June, so he will receive credit for the nine months he has already served. He still faces the possibility of additional time from his sentencing in a separate case in the District of Columbia.

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