Paul Manafort gets an additional three-and-a-half years in prison


The judge ruled earlier this year that Manafort breached his plea deal by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, prosecutors and grand jurors during more than 50 hours of interviews.

US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Manafort to a total of 73 months, of which 30 were to run concurrently with last week's sentence.

Manafort asked for mercy, saying the criminal charges against him have "taken everything from me already". He pleaded with the judge not to impose any additional prison time.

Berman Jackson, in announcing her sentence, said Manafort was "not public enemy number one, but he's not a victim either". "Let me be very clear: I accept responsibility for the acts that have brought us here today".

"Please let my wife and I be together", he added on Wednesday. "I would be surprised if she really threw the book at him".

"Though I know I am not that person" as publicly depicted, "I still feel shame and embarrassment for what I have caused to my family, to my friends and to all who have been affected by my behavior", Manafort said.

"This case has taken everything from me already", he said. She allowed a disagreement over Manafort's bail to carry on for months and only threw him in jail last June when he was indicted for an attempt to tamper with witnesses in the case.

In the Washington case, Manafort will be sentenced for conspiracy against the United States, which included a range of conduct from money laundering to unregistered lobbying, and a second count related to witness tampering.

"The media attention around us...results in a very harsh process for the defendant, and I hope the court can consider, that harshness", Downing said.

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An important question for Jackson, she said, was whether Manafort had been an "organizer or leader" of the offenses. "It is evidence that something is wrong with sort of a moral compass".

Manafort was being sentenced for concealing from the government foreign lobbying work he did on behalf of a pro-Russia Ukrainian political party.

The sentencing concluded one of the highest-profile cases to emerge from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, though the charges against Manafort did not pertain to Russian Federation collusion or any work he did with the Trump campaign 2016.

But Jackson noted that she must factor in the common conduct in the two cases and signaled early the complexity of that decision. He was convicted at trial in the Virginia case and pleaded guilty in Washington to two conspiracy counts, each punishable by up to five years in prison.

Defense attorneys argued a lengthy sentence would be a life sentence for Manafort, who turns 70 in three weeks.

The hearing may offer a window into allegations that aren't part of the criminal cases against him but have nonetheless surfaced in recent court filings - that Manafort shared Trump campaign polling data with Konstantin Kilimnik, a business associate the US says has ties to Russian intelligence, and that the two men met secretly during the campaign in an encounter that prosecutors say cuts "to the heart" of their investigation. Manafort apologized for his actions and asked for leniency during a sentencing hearing.

It also comes as expectations grow that Mueller will soon wrap up his 22-month-old investigation by submitting a final report on his findings to Attorney General William Barr. Mueller's prosecutors on Tuesday night updated a judge on the status of co-operation provided by one defendant, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and are expected to do the same later in the week for Gates. Under the original plea deal, Mueller had agreed to recommend that Manafort serve his Washington sentence concurrent with his Virginia sentence.

Manafort was sentenced last week to almost four years in prison - considerably less than the 19 to 24 years called for under sentencing guidelines.