Manafort sentenced to 73 months in second federal case

This courtroom sketch shows Paul Manafort listening to Judge Amy Berman Jackson in the U.S. District Courtroom during his sentencing hearing, in Washington, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Dana Verkouteren via AP)

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson on Wednesday sentenced Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, to 73 months in prison for witness tampering, unregistered lobbying, and other related charges.

Berman ruled that 30 months of the sentence would be served concurrently with the 47-month prison term Manafort got last week in another federal case. That meant the new sentence added 3 1/2 years to the time Manafort will be incarcerated, now set at roughly seven years.

The cases stemmed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, and involve Manafort’s work for a pro-Russia Ukrainian political party before he joined Trump’s campaign.

Manafort apologized for his crimes, but Jackson said “there is no good explanation that would warrant the leniency requested.”

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