Paul Manafort sentenced: Live updates

By Meg Wagner and Veronica Rocha, CNN

Updated 8:48 p.m. ET, March 7, 2019
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8:14 p.m. ET, March 7, 2019

Manafort "accepts responsibility for his conduct," his attorney says

Attorney Kevin Downing speaks with reporters Thursday following the sentencing of his client former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, in Alexandria, Virginia.
Attorney Kevin Downing speaks with reporters Thursday following the sentencing of his client former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, in Alexandria, Virginia. AP Photo/Cliff Owen

Paul Manafort’s attorney Kevin Downing emerged from court after the sentencing and said his client “accepts responsibility for his conduct.”

“I think what most importantly what you saw today is the same thing that we said from day one. There is absolutely no evidence that Paul Manafort was involved in any collusion with any government official from Russia," Downing said.

What happened in court: Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison for defrauding banks and the government, and failing to pay taxes on millions of dollars in income he earned from Ukrainian political consulting.

7:56 p.m. ET, March 7, 2019

Manafort's attorney wants him to go to prison camp in Maryland

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

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Bill Hennessy

Paul Manafort's lawyer Kevin Downing requested in court that Manafort serve his time in a federal prison camp in Cumberland, Maryland.

The prison there has a medium security facility as well as an adjacent minimum security camp. 

Some background: Manafort has been held at a detention center in Alexandria, Virginia, for several months. He has been in solitary confinement for his own safety because other inmates could threaten him with violence.

7:50 p.m. ET, March 7, 2019

Judge gives Manafort credit for time he's been in jail

From CNN's Katelyn Polantz

Judge TS Ellis gave Paul Manafort credit for the nine months he's spent in jail, after a different judge revoked his bond last June. 

"I want him to receive credit for nine months," Ellis said at the end of the hearing.

If that happens, Manafort's time in prison from now on would total a little more than three years. 

Why that matters: There is another judge who will sentence Manafort next week, and has some latitude to decide how the two sentences from Ellis and from her court fit together.

If Manafort has maintained good behavior while in jail, he could be released early as well. Defendants often don't serve the full amount of time they're given by a federal judge.

7:40 p.m. ET, March 7, 2019

Court sketches from inside Paul Manafort's hearing

There were no cameras allowed in the courtroom when Paul Manafort was sentenced today in Virginia.

But there was a sketch artist.

 Bill Hennessy
 Bill Hennessy

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 Bill Hennessy

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 Bill Hennessy

7:34 p.m. ET, March 7, 2019

Manafort looked directly at his wife as he was wheeled out of court

From CNN's Marshall Cohen

 Bill Hennessy
 Bill Hennessy

While Judge TS Ellis read the sentence, there was no visible reaction from Paul Manafort or his wife, Kathleen, who was watching in the gallery.

After the hearing ended, Manafort was wheeled out of the room. He looked directly at his wife. 

Manafort's eyes appeared bloodshot. 

After the hearing ended, Manafort's wife stayed in her seat for several minutes. Her friends huddled around her, with one man kneeling down beside her.

She was the last person in the room to stand up out of her seat — including court staff, reporters, prosecutors, and members of the public. 

7:25 p.m. ET, March 7, 2019

Judge believes he gave Manafort a just sentence

Judge TS Ellis said he believes he gave Paul Manafort "a just sentence for that conduct."

"I'm convinced that's a just sentence for that conduct," Ellis said as he delivered the sentence.

Even though Ellis gave Manafort a more lenient sentence than the court's probation office had recommended, he told Manafort he was disappointed that Manafort did not express remorse. 

"I was surprised I did not hear you express regret for engaging in criminal conduct," Ellis said. "I hope you will reflect on that."

Before Ellis delivered his sentence, he said, "Life is making choices, Mr. Manafort, and living with the choices you make."

"You made choices to engage in criminal conduct," Ellis added.

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.