Listen: Paul Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison for tax, bank fraud
"Inskeep. A federal judge is given Paul Manafort at least a chance not to spend the rest of his life in prison. Manafort is President Trump's former campaign chairman convicted of financial crimes prosecutors highlighted the fifteen thousand dollar ostrich jacket and more than one million dollars worth of suits that Manafort he supported his lifestyle with illicit dealings in Ukraine federal sentencing guidelines suggested up to twenty four years in prison for the defendant who is sixty nine why give him just under four years. Instead NPR Justice. Correspondent Ryan Lucas was at the courthouse in is in our studios. Good morning. Good morning. Well, what was the reasoning by judge TSL's? Well, LS made clear in his sentencing that manafort's crimes are serious. He wanted to spell that out. Clearly, we're talking about tax fraud failing to disclose a foreign Bank account and Bank fraud, the tax fraud in particular, Ellis said is basically stealing from every American who pays taxes that's a serious crime. But also said that, you know, you take all sorts of factors into consideration. When coming up with the sentence general deterrence, you look at the entirety of a defendant's life. And he said in manafort's case, he's a first time offender, otherwise blameless life, and you also look at sentences in similar cases, and that appear to be a big factor in manafort's sentence. As you noted the guidelines range was nineteen to twenty four years Ellis said that's way out of whack he landed on a total of forty seven months, but he also imposed financial penalties nearly twenty five million dollars in restitution jackets. I suppose we should say Manafort himself must have made a case for a shorter sentence. He did Manafort was actually wheeled into the courtroom yesterday in a wheelchair. He sat in that. Wheelchair throughout the entirety of the nearly four. Our proceedings was wearing a baggy green prison uniform. And he spoke in what's known as allocution. And he said, you know, the last two years have been the most difficult years that he and his family have ever experienced. I feels humiliation and shame. He knows that he's caused deep deep pain to his family, and he spent nine months in jail. He said he feels the punishment from these proceedings. It's impacted his health is professional and financial life. He says that he has had time to reflect while in jail, he wants to turn his notoriety into something positive and he asked for the courts compassion. But judge TSL's did say right before he imposed his sentence. I didn't hear you say you regret. What you did? I hear you say, I'm sorry. Nevertheless, the forty seven months sentence rather than the twenty four years sentence. But his forty seven months the entirety of the time that Manafort could possibly spend in prison or Manafort has a second case that case is here in Washington DC. He pleaded guilty to. To conspiracy charges. This is a case that was also brought by special counsel, Robert Muller Manafort, in DC agreed to cooperate with the government that cooperation deal collapsed after the special counsel team, essentially said that he lied to investigate it for about a number of things the presiding judge in in DC. Judge Amy Berman Jackson agreed with the government the maximum sentence that Manafort faces here in DC is ten years. Now the question that hangs over all of this is whether judge Jackson here in DC is going to make him serve whatever sentence. She gives him simultaneously or stagger it. So is he going to get another ten years? In addition to what he got and Virginia any chance of a presidential pardon. The president has not taken that entirely off the table. But his lawyers say it's not under under"