Paul Manafort to be sentenced Feb. 8 in federal court in Virginia

October 20, 2018


Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, departs an arraignment hearing in Alexandria, Va. in March. (AL DRAGO / THE NEW YORK TIMES)


By Dan Morse | The Washington Post
Rachel Weiner


ALEXANDRIA, VA.—Paul Manafort, U.S. President Trump’s one-time campaign chairman, is set to be sentenced Feb. 8 in an Alexandria federal court on eight bank and tax fraud crimes.

Judge T.S. Ellis III set the sentencing date during a Friday afternoon hearing. The judge also dismissed 10 counts on which a jury deadlocked at Manafort’s summertime trial.

Legal experts said Manafort is likely to face about seven to 10 years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines. He also faces sentencing in a related case in the District, also brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Manafort, 69, appeared in court in a wheelchair Friday and did not rise when Ellis spoke to him. Defense attorney Kevin Downing said in court that there are “significant issues with Mr. Manafort’s health right now that have to do with his confinement.”

Those conditions are for Manafort’s safety, Downing said, but he asked that Ellis expedite the pre-sentence investigation so Manafort could move as soon as possible out of a local jail and presumably to a federal prison. Downing did not elaborate on Manafort’s health issues.

“I’m not the judge who ordered that confinement,” Ellis said, but added he would keep those concerns in mind.

Published: October 19, 2018

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