Paul Manafort Gets 3.5 Additional Years in Prison on Conspiracy Charges

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Paul Manafort Gets 3.5 Additional Years in Prison on Conspiracy Charges

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will likely serve more than seven years in prison after D.C. Federal District Court judge Amy Berman Jackson handed down a three and a half year sentence for conspiracy on top of last week’s 47-month sentence on financial fraud convictions.

As the Times notes, Jackson was apparently unmoved by Manafort's plea for leniency:

Mr. Manafort asked the judge not to add to his time behind bars. “This case has taken everything from me, already,” he said, running through a list of his financial assets that now belong to the government. “Please let my wife and I be together,” he added, speaking from a wheelchair because gout has made it difficult for him to stand.

You can read about Manafort's original indictment, which included the charges of money laundering and obstruction that resulted in his sentencing, here.

The question now becomes whether Donald Trump will issue a presidential pardon—he's been cagey in his responses so far, and even if he opts for the pardon, Manafort could face additional charges in New York that lead to prison time.

Update, literally seconds after publishing:

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