ALEXANDRA, VA — President Donald Trump’s former campaign chief Paul Manafort was sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison on Thursday.
The jurors found Manafort guilty of eight of the 18 original charges he faced: two counts of bank fraud, five counts of tax fraud, and one count of failing to declare a foreign bank account.
The judge also ordered Manafort to pay $24.8 million in restitution and a $50,000 fine.
The recommended prison sentence for his conviction was between 19 to 24 years.
But Virginia federal Judge TS Ellis the III gave Manafort only 47 months jail time, with 9 months already counted as served.
During the sentencing, Judge Ellis expressed in court that the guideline’s range was “excessive” and “totally out of wack.”
Citing similar financial crimes that were sentenced short jail times. Judge Ellis — also pointed out at the beginning of the sentencing that Manafort was not being tried before his court for Russian Colusion.
But Manafort’s lawyer somehow seized on that point as a sort of vindication.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian investigation has already resulted in seven guilty pleas and one conviction trial.
In total, 34 people and 3 companies have been criminally charged as a result of the Russia probe.
Manafort is up for another sentencing next week in a separate but related case in Washington DC, where he pleaded guilty to two conspiracy counts and allegedly shared polling data to a person with ties to Russian intelligence services.
He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for this case.
But the big question is whether whatever jail time he receives in the DC court would be served concurrently or in addition to the sentence he received in Virginia.