The veteran lobbyist who ran Trump's presidential campaign between March and August 2016 was targeted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors in the course of their "Russiagate" probe. "It is evidence that something is wrong with sort of a moral compass". He pleaded with her to "please let my wife and I be together".
"I can say to you with confidence that my behavior will be very different", Manafort told the judge.
He faced a maximum of 10 years - five years for each of the two conspiracy counts he pleaded guilty to last year in a cooperation deal with prosecutors that later imploded after he was found to have lied.
But she agreed with Judge T.S. Ellis in Alexandria, Virginia, that sentencing guidelines in the case were excessive.
Manafort, 69, faces up to 10 additional years in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday in Washington in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Before his sentencing, Manafort, who was brought into court in a wheelchair, pleaded to the judge not to sentence him to more time other than the 47 months he was given last week in a separate case.
While Manafort asked for leniency, he at times appeared interested in swaying "some other audience", the judge, Amy Berman Jackson of the US District Court in DC, said on Wednesday morning, hinting at the President's criticisms of Mueller.
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The federal judge in the D.C. case, Jackson, concluded that Manafort gave false information, and on Wednesday she again rejected defense attorneys' efforts to get her to reconsider. Jackson also briefly revisited the long road - with many twists - that Manafort's case has taken over several hearings and more than 500 court filings. The prosecutor said Manafort took steps to hide his foreign lobbying work, laundered millions of dollars to fund a lavish lifestyle and then, while on house arrest, coached other witnesses to lie on his behalf. "He engaged in crime again and again, he has not learned a harsh lesson". She also said that this is not meant to be an effective life sentence for the 69-year-old, and that he will have an opportunity to be better in the future.
"We're here today for crimes that Paul Manafort committed for over a decade" - crimes that involved over 30 offshore accounts in at least three foreign countries, hiding income he used "to fuel his extravagant lifestyle", prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told the judge. He said he was "ashamed and embarrassed" for the impact that the case has had on his family and friends.
Jackson found that Manafort's lies included matters "material" to the Mueller probe, including interactions with his longtime Russian aide in Ukraine, Konstantin Kilimnik, whom the Federal Bureau of Investigation assessed to have ties to Russian intelligence. While Jackson did "appreciate the comments that were made this morning", she said it did not change the fact that in each previous court submission by Manafort and his attorneys, she believed the "element of remorse and personal responsibility. was completely absent".
Manafort has not yet entered a plea in the Manhattan case.
The jury was unable to reach a verdict on 10 counts, including conspiracy to commit bank fraud and bank fraud.
Manafort's criminal prosecution has led to several related criminal cases and investigations and a multimillion-dollar Justice Department settlement with a U.S. law firm for illegal lobbying for Ukraine.
This is a developing story that will be updated.