This Tuesday, a federal judge said that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort could potentially spend the rest of his life in prison — plus another 305 years on top of that.
“Given the nature of the charges against the defendant and the apparent weight of the evidence against him, defendant faces the very real possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison,” federal judge T.S. Ellis III of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia wrote Tuesday, CNN reports.
Manafort, who is now 68-years-old, was placed under house arrest last week and has to wear a GPS monitor as he awaits two jury trials coming up this year.
According to CNN, if Manafort chooses to change his plea to guilty and avoid a trial, he could be forced by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to divulged his secrets about the Trump campaign’s alleged contacts with Russia.
Manafort for decades had conducted business built upon his relationships with Russian-sympathetic Ukrainians and other powerful European former politicians, and had been in contact with them while leading the Trump campaign.
He has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.
If found guilty on all charges, Manafort faces up to 305 years in prison.
On tax charges he faces in Virginia alone, his likely sentence would be eight years, prosecutors said in a previous court filing. He also faces nine charges of bank fraud and bank fraud conspiracy, which each carry a maximum 30 years in prison, for 270 years maximum.
In the DC case, Manafort faces a likely sentence of 15 years to 20 years in prison if convicted there on five total conspiracy charges and foreign lobbying violations.
Judge Ellis considers Manafort a likely flight risk, saying that he has the financial means and connections to disappear before his trial “as well as every incentive to do so.”
“He is quite manifestly a risk of flight. He has substantial personal assets and faces a substantial period of incarceration if he is convicted,” Ellis said in court last week.
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