Paul Manafort sentenced to additional 3 1/2 years

Paul Manafort's wife, Kathleen Manafort, waits to enter the U.S. District Court for Manafort's sentencing hearing in Washington, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

UPDATE: (03/13/19)

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal judge has sentenced former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to more than 3 1/2 additional years in prison.

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That’s on top of the roughly four-year sentence he received in a separate case in Virginia last week.

The sentence followed a scathing assessment by the judge and a prosecutor of Manafort’s crimes.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is apologizing for his crimes.

The 69-year-old betrayed no emotion as he read his statement in federal court Wednesday from his wheelchair.

The judge said she’d give Manafort credit for accepting responsibility for his crimes when she determines his sentence.

It’s the former Trump campaign chairman’s second sentencing in as many weeks, with a judge expected to tack on additional prison time beyond the roughly four-year punishment he has already received.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has prosecuted Manafort in Washington and in Virginia related to his foreign consulting work on behalf of a pro-Russia Ukrainian political party. Manafort was convicted of bank and tax fraud in Virginia and pleaded guilty in Washington to two conspiracy counts, each punishable by up to five years in prison.

This time, Manafort was sentenced for two criminal charges to which he plead guilty: conspiracy against the U.S., and witness tampering, committed after his arrest.

After a jury in northern Virginia convicted him on charges of tax and bank fraud last August, Manafort agreed to help Muellers investigation. Months later, the D.C. judge found he lie, and violated that deal.

Last week, the judge in the Northern Virginia case sentenced Manafort to 47 months in prison for the financial fraud, which was related to his lobbying business.

A judge will decide Wednesday whether the sentences in the two cases should run consecutively or at the same time.