Judge serves huge blow to Mueller in Manafort case

Judge serves huge blow to Mueller in Manafort case

In a huge blow to Robert Mueller, Judge T.S. Ellis rejected the special counsel’s “excessive” recommendation that Paul Manafort serve up to 24.5 years in prison after a Virginia jury convicted Manafort on 8 counts of bank and tax fraud.

Judge T.S. Ellis sentenced Manafort to 47 months in prison.

The Reagan-appointed judge also made it clear that he wants Paul Manafort to be given credit for the nine months he has already served in jail. Meaning Manafort will only have to serve out 38 months.

“Judge wants Paul Manafort to be given credit for the nine months he’s spent in jail, after a different judge revoked his bond last June. If that happens, Manafort’s time in prison from now on would total a little more than three years,” crime reporter Shimon Prokupecz tweeted on Thursday evening.

According to CNBC, Manafort pleaded with the judge to have some compassion “The last two years have been the most difficult for my family and I.” 

Manafort was wearing a green prison jumpsuit and seated in a wheelchair during Thursday’s hearing.

“To say I have been humiliated and ashamed would be a gross understatement,” Manafort said.

Judge Ellis rejected Robert Mueller’s “excessive” recommendation and gave Paul Manafort a much lighter sentence.

Manafort faces sentencing in a separate case in a DC court next week.

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