Paul Manafort to be sentenced Thursday; faces 25 years in prison

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Last year, a jury in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, convicted Manafort on eight felonies related to tax and bank fraud charges for hiding foreign income from his work in Ukraine from the IRS and later inflating his income on bank loan applications.

Manafort was convicted after prosecutors accused him of hiding from the US government millions of dollars he earned as a consultant for Ukraine's former pro-Russia government.

Manafort will receive a second sentence next week from a different federal judge for the two crimes he pleaded guilty to past year, witness tampering and conspiracy related to his illegal Ukrainian lobbying and money laundering. Judge Ellis said he believed a sentence in the guideline range of 19 to 24 years would be "excessive", according to CNN.

Because Manafort was convicted in a federal court, he will be forced to serve nearly all of that four-year sentence, unless he is pardoned by President Trump.

Manafort still faces sentencing in the District of Columbia, where he pleaded guilty in a separate case connected to illegal lobbying.

Manafort, who has been dealing with health issues, looked unwell as he entered the courtroom in a wheelchair.

Judge Ellis said he was surprised that Manafort did not "express regret for engaging in wrongful conduct". He did not express remorse for his actions but talked about how the case has been hard for him and his family. "I feel very badly for Paul Manafort", Trump said in August. "My life -personally and professionally-is in shambles".

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is asking a federal judge for compassion as he awaits sentencing on tax and bank fraud charges. At one court hearing, prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said a meeting between the two men at a cigar bar in Manhattan on August 2, 2016, goes "very much to the heart" of Mueller's investigation, though he provided no details.

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The case wasn't related to Donald Trump's presidential campaign campaign. In the District case, prosecutors say Manafort has failed to live up to the terms of his plea bargain by providing false information to investigators in interviews.

Ex-Trump aide Cohen was recently sentenced to three years in prison for financial crimes that include tax fraud and hush-money payments to two women Trump allegedly had affairs with in violation of campaign finance laws, as well as lying to the Congress.

To rebut prosecutors, Manafort's lawyers have said that prosecutors have no evidence of Russian collusion by their client and that his interactions with Kilimnik were innocent. But the longtime lobbyist was found guilty by a jury in federal court in Virginia of evading taxes and misleading banks, after which he admitted to related conduct in D.C. federal court.

Following the sentencing, Manafort's lawyer, Kevin Downing, told reporters his client's conviction and sentencing had nothing to do with allegations of Russian collusion by the Trump campaign.

Trump has also dangled the possibility of pardons for some of those indicted - including Manafort, whom he has praised as a "good man" who has been treated unfairly. The sentencing in that case is scheduled for Wednesday.

Ellis had faced criticism by some in the legal community for comments he made during the trial that were widely interpreted as biased against the prosecution.

"It isn't a crime to have a lot of money and be profligate in your spending", Ellis told prosecutors during the trial.

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