UPDATE: Roger Stone has been sentenced to 40 months or 3.3 years in prison, but he will not be taken into custody today because the judge must decide in the near future if he deserves a new trial due to juror bias.
The judge gave him 40 months for one count and 18 months for the others plus a $20-thousand fine. However, he will serve them at the same time. Prosecutors had originally pushed for a sentence of between seven to nine years. However, Attorney General Bill Barr overruled them and asked for a lighter sentence.
The two new prosecutors who replaced the four who resigned recommended 36 to 40 months in prison. The original four prosecutors came up with 7-9 years which outraged the president.
Amids shouts of “Traitor!” former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone arrived for sentencing today for lying to Congress and witness tampering.
Stone, 67, was convicted in November of misleading congressional investigators on several key elements of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, including communications he had with the Trump campaign about discussions he had about the WikiLeaks dissemination of damaging documents stolen from Democrats during the campaign.
The sentencing hearing for longtime Trump ally Roger Stone is ongoing inside a federal courtroom in Washington, DC. Judge Amy Berman Jackson will impose the sentence after long discussions with attorneys on both sides. The judge will not hear from Roger Stone who has opted not to speak or apologize.
Stone apologized before he was convicted for posting a picture on his Instagram account showing an image of Jackson next to crosshairs. The post was taken down after a short time, but not before it caught significant social media attention.
Stone’s lawyers apologized to Jackson for the “improper photograph and comment” in a “notice of apology” filed with the court.
“I had no intention of disrespecting the Court and humbly apologize to the Court for the transgression,” Stone said in that filing.
We are set up at Roger Stone sentencing. pic.twitter.com/2XTsjnnDI5
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) February 20, 2020
With a number of high-profile acts of clemency from President Trump recently – some are asking if a pardon for is possible.
NEW: Roger Stone arrives at a DC courthouse for expected sentencing on his conviction for witness tampering and lying to Congress. A few onlookers yelled "Traitor!" at him as entered the building. https://t.co/hQObmjkcfA pic.twitter.com/1QQxwc7jla
— ABC News (@ABC) February 20, 2020
Judge Amy Berman Jackson is scheduled to hand down one of the most closely watched sentences of the year, after the president tweeted last week that an initial recommendation by federal prosecutors of 7 to 9 years in prison for Stone was “unfair.” The Justice Department later revised that recommendation to 3 to 4 years, and four prosecutors on the initial recommendation withdrew from the case. Democrats in Congress have called for an investigation.
The original prosecutors then withdrew from the case, with one attorney resigning from the department altogether.
Michael Caputo, a long-time friend of Roger Stone’s and himself a former Trump campaign official, said there are now about 160,000 signatures on a petition calling for a presidential pardon. Trump on Tuesday pardoned financier Michael Milken and former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich.
Stone also may not begin serving his sentence today, but instead he still may get a new trial.