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Manafort sentenced to additional 3.5 years in prison, indicted on fraud charges by Manhattan DA

March 13, 2019 - 8:39 am

WASHINGTON (1010 WINS/AP) -- Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sentenced to an additional three-and-a-half years in prison.

On Wednesday morning, a judge tacked 43 months onto the four years he was given at last week's sentencing for a total of seven-and-a-half -years behind bars.

Following the sentencing, Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance's office made public its own indictment against Manafort, for residential mortgage fraud.

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Manafort faced up to 10 additional years in prison when he was sentenced in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

The hearing came a week after a judge in Virginia sentenced Manafort to 47 months in prison, far below what government guidelines recommended.

The Mueller team prosecuted Manafort in both jurisdictions for charges related to his foreign consulting work. 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.

Manafort, 69, read a statement to the court on Wednesday morning. 

"I am sorry for what I have done and all the activities that have gotten us here today," Manafort said. "While I cannot undo the past, I will ensure that the future will be very different."

Manafort arrived in court in a wheelchair, and said he and his wife wanted the chance to resume their lives together.

"She needs me and I need her. I ask you to think of this and our need for each other as you deliberate," Manafort said. "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."

Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she would give him credit for accepting responsibility for his crimes.

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