Paul Manafort could live out his days in prison

Paul Manafort a su salida de la Corte Federal de Distrito en Washington el 30 de octubre de 2017

President Trump's former campaign chairman faces the "very real possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison", a federal judge said in court documents made public Tuesday.

"Given the nature of the charges against the defendant and the apparent weight of the evidence against him, defendant faces the very real possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison", Ellis said in the order.

Ellis also wrote that Manafort has the means to escape and would certainly try to do so given the opportunity.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, in an order made public Tuesday, wrote that Manafort "poses a substantial flight risk" because of his "financial means and worldwide connections to flee and remain at large".

The order, dated Friday, puts Manafort in a "24-hour-a-day lockdown" at his Alexandria condo, except for medical appointments or emergencies, court appearances and meeting with his defense attorneys.

Manafort is now wearing two Global Positioning System monitors - one from the federal court in Virginia and one from the federal court in DC.

While Ellis did not mandate Manafort forfeit any assets, Ellis did order that the defendant agree to and sign a pledge to pay a $10 million unsecured bond if he misses a court appearance.

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The former campaign chair is being tried in two different courts: Ellis' district court in Virginia and the court of Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, DC.

Special counsel Robert Mueller obtained a grand jury indictment of Manafort in October, charging him with money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent for work he did for a pro-Vladimir Putin party in Ukraine.

Manafort for decades had conducted business built upon his relationships with Russian-sympathetic Ukrainians and other powerful European former politicians, and had been in contact with them while leading the Trump campaign.

Manafort was first indicted in October and again in February.

Manafort's ex-associate Rick Gates, who also worked for the Trump campaign, pleaded guilty last month to his October indictment, after initially pleading not guilty, which included conspiracy against the US, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) statements, false statements and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign banks and financial accounts.

In the DC case, Manafort faces a likely sentence of 15 years to 20 years in prison if convicted there on five total conspiracy charges and foreign lobbying violations. The bank fraud charges carry a 30 year maximum sentence and a one million dollar fine. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the U.S. and making false statements shortly after the second set of charges and they were dropped in exchange for him cooperating with the investigation.

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