Paul Manafort, who served as President Donald Trump's campaign chairman in 2016, has been sentenced to only 47 months in prison for committing fraud, reports MSNBC.
This sentencing is the end result of one of two trials Manafort, 69, is undergoing.
Manafort was accused of defrauding banks and the government while failing to pay taxes on millions of dollars in income he earned from overseas consulting.
The charges in this case were an offshoot of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Prosecutors had asked federal Judge T.S. Ellis for between between 19 and 25 years in prison, writing in a filing: "The defendant blames everyone from the special counsel's office to his Ukrainian clients for his own criminal choices."
Manafort gave a short statement to the court, where he did not apologize, MSNBC's Ken Dilanian reported.
Manafort is wearing a green jailhouse jumpsuit in court today. The $10,000 suits are behind him.— Ken Dilanian (@Ken Dilanian) 1551992660.0
Paul Manafort is in the courtroom. He is in a wheelchair wearing a green jumpsuit.— Shimon Prokupecz (@Shimon Prokupecz) 1551991672.0
Today’s judge is T.S. Ellis, III, who was “born in Bogota, Colombia, & emigrated to the United States. He earned de… https://t.co/KqCjZ1EKUC— Katie Phang (@Katie Phang) 1551993562.0
Before the break. Judge TS Ellis decided that Mana not get credit today for accepting responsibility for his crime… https://t.co/PFCr45hhnS— Shimon Prokupecz (@Shimon Prokupecz) 1551996289.0
Manafort is still a rich man, prosecutor Uzo Asonye noted in a discussion with the judge about possible fines and r… https://t.co/hn2g4uq8Wp— Shimon Prokupecz (@Shimon Prokupecz) 1551998576.0
Mueller prosecutor Greg Andres: “Manafort did not provide valuable information to the special counsel that wasn’t already known.”— Ken Dilanian (@Ken Dilanian) 1551999045.0
Prosecutors have asked the judge to give Manafort a “substantial sentence”.— Katie Phang (@Katie Phang) 1552000247.0
If the breaking news reports that Manafort didn't apologize or express remorse are correct, there is only one expla… https://t.co/ZPOIoSn68n— Neal Katyal (@Neal Katyal) 1552000569.0
"It wasn't information we didn't know," Andres said. “The reason we met for 50 hours was because he lied." Remembe… https://t.co/LJIWhvBit6— Mimi Rocah (@Mimi Rocah) 1552000659.0
Usually the defendant expresses extreme remorse. All the reporting thus far suggests that Manafort has expressed no… https://t.co/NFz8ZkJWmn— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti) 1552001328.0
Manafort’s statement to the sentencing judge wasn’t addressed to the court. It had an audience of one: Donald J. Tr… https://t.co/pKkeEC5oKk— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe) 1552000856.0
Remember: if Trump pardons Manafort, he no longer has a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. So Manaf… https://t.co/7Fwh3BwYvq— Katie Phang (@Katie Phang) 1552001756.0
Judge TS Ellis said he believed a sentence of 19-24 years as was recommended would be "excessive" for Manafort.— Shimon Prokupecz (@Shimon Prokupecz) 1552002222.0
Judge Ellis calls #Manafort‘s guidelines range “quite high.“ The guidelines are based on data from other cases, and… https://t.co/x2on3YvZZh— Barb McQuade (@Barb McQuade) 1552002375.0
Judge Ellis notes that Manafort has “lived an otherwise blameless life” and “has earned the admiration of a number of people”.— Katie Phang (@Katie Phang) 1552002472.0
Here’s what Paul Manafort looks like allocating in court today per sketch artist Art Lien https://t.co/HfEHpoYzJF— Josh Lederman (@Josh Lederman) 1552002109.0
Manafort getting 47 months. What a departure from the minimum of 228 months that prosecutors had suggested.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@Yashar Ali 🐘) 1552003203.0
BREAKING - Prosecutors had recommended 19-24 years in prison for Manafort; Judge Ellis opted instead to sentence hi… https://t.co/JGQU3i0t8G— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1552003272.0
Manafort’s 47-month sentence in ED Va is outrageously lenient. Judge Ellis has inexcusably perverted justice and th… https://t.co/Eq9qrZVv5v— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe) 1552003388.0