Paul Manafort’s Sentence Extended to More Than Seven Years in Prison

Paul Manafort returns to court for another sentencing

Donald Trump's Former Campaign Manager Sentenced To Eight Years In Jail

Shortly before the NY announcement, Manafort, 69, was ordered to serve an additional 43 months on federal conspiracy charges, bringing his total sentence between two federal courts to 7.5 years in twin cases stemming from the Mueller probe.

Manafort's sentence on Thursday by US District Judge T.S. Ellis in Virginia, where he was convicted for financial crimes, was two decades below the upper limit of federal sentencing guidelines, prompting criticism among legal experts that it was too light.

"Saying, "I'm sorry I got caught" is not an effective plea for leniency", Jackson said.

"Please let my wife and I be together", he added on Wednesday. "Please don't rake us away from each other for any longer than the 47 months imposed last week". "I would be surprised if she really threw the book at him". "This case has taken everything from me already - my properties, my cash, my life insurance, my trust accounts for my children and my grandchildren, and more".

The New York District Attorney's office on Wednesday unsealed an indictment of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, shortly after he was sentenced in a case in a federal court in D.C.

The veteran lobbyist who ran Trump's presidential campaign between March and August 2016 was targeted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors in the course of their "Russiagate" probe.

Mueller is preparing to submit to U.S. Attorney General William Barr a report on his investigation into whether Trump's campaign conspired with Russian Federation and whether Trump has unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.

Judge Jackson also addressed the defense's arguments about Manafort and collusion. "That should be your true regret, and you should have remorse for that".

Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in the Washington, D.C., case in order to avoid a trial a year ago.

"People who didn't realize math was involved should understand there's a great deal of algebra" that goes into sentencing, Jackson said, embarking on a detailed breakdown required under federal law.

Trump has the authority as USA president to pardon Manafort for all his federal convictions, meaning he could be freed from his combined seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

"He has not learned a harsh lesson", Weissmann said. Last week, he was sentenced for another term over tax and bank fraud.

Mueller's team also said that Manafort had lied about an August 2016 meeting with Kilimnik, a business associate who the US said had ties to Russian intelligence. However, Manafort has been in jail since June after Jackson revoked his bail for seeking to obstruct ongoing investigations into Russian political interference. It was not present in this case, "period", she said.

Wednesday's sentencing comes in a week of activity for the investigation. On Wednesday, she indicated that she would give Manafort some credit for accepting responsibility for his crimes by virtue of having pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy last September.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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