Paul Manafort sentenced: Live updates

8:05 p.m. ET, March 7, 2019

Manafort must pay millions in restitution

Judge TS Ellis ordered Paul Manafort to pay at least $6 million in restitution to the government.

But Ellis set Manafort's restitution payment in a range from $6 million to almost $25 million.

Why this matters: It's not yet clear how much money Manafort will relinquish to the federal government in his forfeiture proceeding. 

A $6 million restitution judgment from Ellis will at least cover the taxes Manafort stole from the US government, Ellis said. He agreed the Justice Department could seek restitution for four times that amount, if Manafort owes it. 

However, Ellis noted, "I don't want him paying more than these people really lose."

Manafort will not have to pay interest on the amount.

Manafort, who must also pay a $50,000 fine, was also ordered to serve three-years supervised release on top of his 47-month sentence.

6:59 p.m. ET, March 7, 2019

Manafort sentenced to 47 months in prison

Judge TS Ellis has sentenced Paul Manafort to almost four years in prison. 

6:49 p.m. ET, March 7, 2019

Judge calls sentencing recommendation "excessive"

Judge TS Ellis said he believed the recommended sentence of 19 to 24 years would be "excessive" for Paul Manafort.

Before giving his sentence, Ellis noted Manafort "lived an otherwise blameless life," and was a good friend and generous person to others. That doesn't erase his crimes however, Ellis said.

One thing to note: Manafort will receive a second sentence next week from a different federal judge for the two crimes he pleaded guilty to last year — witness tampering and conspiracy related to his illegal Ukrainian lobbying and money laundering.

6:27 p.m. ET, March 7, 2019

Manafort spoke for about 4 minutes

President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort spoke for about four minutes and told Judge TS Ellis, "I am ready for your decision." 

Manafort did not specifically express remorse for his crimes, but he said he felt "humiliated and shamed." 

6:29 p.m. ET, March 7, 2019

Manafort to judge: "I ask you to be compassionate"

Paul Manafort spoke briefly about how prayer and faith helped get him through this time.

"I know it is my conduct that brought me here," he said. "My life —personally and professionally — is in shambles." 

"I ask you to be compassionate," Manafort told Judge TS Ellis.

Manafort, who spoke from a wheelchair, also thanked Ellis for his fairness.

He went on to tell Ellis that he "bent over backwards" to give a fair trial.

"Thank you for a fair trial," Manafort said.

6:14 p.m. ET, March 7, 2019

Manafort: "The last two years have been the most difficult years for my family and I"

Paul Manafort, speaking at length for the first time since his arrest, said he was in pain because of his ordeal.

"The last two years have been the most difficult years for my family and I," Manafort told Judge TS Ellis.  

He continued: "Humiliated and shamed would be a gross understatement."

6:03 p.m. ET, March 7, 2019

Manafort will address the court

Paul Manafort will address the court before his sentencing today, his attorney told Judge TS Ellis.

6:01 p.m. ET, March 7, 2019

Prosecutor asks judge for "substantial" sentence

Prosecutor Greg Andres ended his final argument at the sentencing by asking Judge TS Ellis for a “substantial” sentence for Paul Manafort.

Defense attorney Tom Zehnle is arguing for leniency for Manafort now.

5:59 p.m. ET, March 7, 2019

Prosecutor says they met with Manafort for 50 hours because he lied

Paul Manafort never gave meaningful help during his cooperation with the Special Counsel's office, prosecutor Greg Andres said.

But Judge TS Ellis noted Manafort spent 50 hours with prosecutors. Andres then explained why prosecutors met with Manafort.

"It wasn't information we didn't know," Andres said raising his voice. "The reason he met for 50 hours was because he lied." 

The prosecutors needed the time to work out those lies. 

The lawyers have now reached the meat of Manafort's sentencing hearing after working out several legal questions with the judge.  

Andres is still arguing about the full weight of the sentence Manafort should receive.