Manafort sentenced to 43 additional months, for a total 7-1/2 years behind...

Manafort sentenced to 43 additional months, for a total 7-1/2 years behind bars

Paul Manafort enters U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. , on June 15, when a judge ordered him jailed. (Photo © 2018 Doug Christian)

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort, the Trump 2016 campaign chair, was sentenced Wednesday to 43 additional months in prison for two counts of conspiracy.

The sentence, handed down by Judge Amy Berman Jackson at the United States District Court for D.C., comes six days after Manafort received a 47-month sentence in the Eastern District of Virginia for bank and tax fraud convictions.

Berman Jackson sentenced Manafort to 60 months on one count and 13 counts on the other.

The first 30 months, however, will be served concurrently with his initial 47-month sentence  bringing his total sentence to 7 years and 6 months.

Roughly 9 months he has spent in prison awaiting sentencing will also count as time served.

Both of the conspiracy counts carried a maximum of 5 years.

Prior to the sentencing, Manafort — who turns 70 on April 1 —  appeared before the court and expressed contrition.

“I accept responsibility for the facts that have caused me to be here today,” Manafort said. “My behavior in the future will be very different.”

Jackson cast doubt on his claim, stating that any remorse had been “completely absent” prior to his remarks that day.

Federal prisoners sentenced since 1987 are not eligible for parole, but their sentences can be shortened as a result of good behavior.

The charges are unrelated to his activity on the Trump campaign, something that the White House has repeatedly emphasized.

Trump told reporters last Friday that he felt “very badly” for Manafort, and White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that the president has not yet made a decision on a pardon.

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