President Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison Thursday evening.
Manafort will receive nine months of time already served. The sentencing comes after Manafort was convicted last summer on one count of failing to file a foreign bank account, two counts of bank fraud, and five counts of tax evasion. Before he announced the sentence, Judge T.S. Ellis said Manafort has "otherwise lived a blameless life."
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team recommended between 19 and 25 years in prison for the crimes, meaning the 69-year-old could have spent the rest of his life in prison. His lawyers asked for five years after Manafort apparently suffered health issues as he was held without bail; he appeared in the Alexandria, Virginia courthouse Thursday in a wheelchair.
In the case that wrapped up last August, a mistrial was declared in 10 other charges against Manafort, and they were eventually dismissed. Still, Manafort later reached a plea deal admitting to two more counts and forfeited millions of dollars worth of assets. He'll be sentenced on those additional counts in Washington, D.C., on March 13.