If special counsel Robert Mueller gets his way, Paul Manafort will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
But as the sentencing of Trump’s former campaign chairman approaches, Manafort is fighting back.
Manafort is expected to face 19.5 to 24 years in prison for eight financial crimes including tax and bank fraud. But at age 69, he might as well be facing life.
In a Friday filing, Manafort’s lawyers asked a Virginia judge to reduce the recommended jail time.
Labeling the penalty “clearly disproportionate,” Manafort’s lawyers advised the judge to consider his age, health and the fact that he is a “first-time offender.”
“The Special Cousnel’s attempt to vilify Mr. Manafort as a lifelong and irredeemable felon is beyond the pale and grossly overstates the facts before this Court,” the filing stated.
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