Former Right-Hand Man Donald Trump Sentenced to 40 Months in Prison
Roger Stone, the former (campaign) adviser and right-hand man of US President Donald Trump, has been sentenced to forty months in prison.
He must also pay a fine of $ 20,000. The punishment is, partly due to the intervention of Trump himself, much lower than the initial punishment requirement, which was 7 to 9 years in prison.
In November, a 67-year-old Stone was found guilty of the impediment to justice by a jury. Lying to Congress and influencing witnesses during an investigation of that same Congress, but a penalty was not yet announced.
When the prosecutor later brought a demand of between 7 and 9 years in prison, the US Department of Justice lowered that demand. That decision came a few hours after Trump commented on the first claim and called it “very terrible and unfair.”
Justice Minister William Barr decided to intervene. His ministry stated that the requirement was excessive and should be lowered. The four prosecutors who were on the case decided to hand over the case after the ministerial interference.
Federal judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled. She called Stone “a threat to our democracy.” In the run-up to his case, Stone had, according to the judge, also acted “threatening and intimidating” towards the court by distributing individual photos via social media.
Stone has always denied the allegations and has repeatedly called the case “politically motivated.” The court now finds that this is not the case.