Alexandria — On Thursday, US President Donald Trump’s former campaign chair Paul Manafort was sentenced by a US judge to less than four years in prison — far shy of federal sentencing guidelines — for financial crimes uncovered during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election. US District Judge TS Ellis imposed the 47-month sentence on Manafort during a hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, in which the veteran Republican political consultant asked for mercy but did not express remorse for his actions. Ellis also ordered Manafort, who was brought into the courtroom in a wheelchair due to gout, to pay a fine of $50,000 and restitution of just more than $24m. Manafort was found guilty by a jury last August of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to disclose foreign bank accounts. While prosecutors had not recommended a specific sentence, they had cited federal sentencing guidelines that called for 19.5 to 2...

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