Paul Manafort will serve less than four years for his work related to advising Ukrainian politicians

By Karen Mizoguchi
March 07, 2019 07:49 PM
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Paul Manafort has been sentenced to 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud.

On Thursday, a federal judge in Virginia declared that the ex-Trump campaign chairman, 69, will serve less than four years for his work related to advising Ukrainian politicians, according to the Associated Press.

Prosecutors had previously argued that Manafort, who was sitting in a wheelchair due to complications from gout, deserved 19 to 25 years.

Manafort told the judge, “saying I feel humiliated and ashamed would be a gross understatement.”

In September 2018, he pled guilty to two criminal charges as part of a deal that requires him to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing Russia investigation.

Manafort pled guilty to one count of conspiracy against the U.S. and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice due to attempts to tamper with witnesses, CNN reported, citing court documents.

The charges are related to Manafort’s Ukrainian political consulting work.

In August 2018, a federal jury in Virginia convicted Manafort on eight felony counts of bank and tax fraud. At the time, he was the first campaign associate of President Donald Trump to be found guilty by a jury as part of Mueller’s investigation.

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

Kevin Downing, Manafort’s attorney, did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.