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Manafort's Light Sentence Criticized as 'Lenient' and 'Disrespectful'

Manafort could have been given more than two decades in prison

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    Manafort Sentenced to 47 Months in Prison

    Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, was sentenced on Thursday to 47 months in prison for tax and bank fraud.

    (Published Thursday, March 7, 2019)

    Legal observers were surprised by the relatively light, 47-month sentence received Thursday by President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who was convicted in August on charges of tax and bank fraud.

    "As a former prosecutor, I'm embarrassed," said NBC News/MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner, speaking Thursday on MSNBC. "As an American, I'm upset ... I am just as disappointed with Judge Ellis. It's an outrage and it's disrespectful of the American people."

    Manafort, 69, who appeared in court in Virginia in a wheelchair and who asked the judge for compassion, could have been sentenced to up to 24 years in federal prison.