Roger Stone, a former aide to US President Donald Trump, has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison in a case that has roiled the US Justice Department.
US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone’s crimes demanded a significant time behind bars but that the seven to nine years originally recommended by the Justice Department were excessive.
Stone’s lawyers had asked for a sentence of probation, citing his age of 67 years, his health and his lack of criminal history. Instead, he drew 40 months.
Stone had no immediate reaction in court when Jackson announced his sentence.
She is delaying execution of his sentence while she considers Stone’s motion for a new trial.
He was convicted in November on all seven counts of an indictment that accused him of lying to congress, tampering with a witness and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign co-ordinated with the Russian government to tip the 2016 election.
The sentence came amid Mr Trump’s unrelenting defence of his longtime confidant that has led to a mini-revolt inside the Justice Department and allegations the president has interfered in the case.
Mr Trump took to Twitter to denounce as a “miscarriage of justice” the initial recommendation by Justice Department prosecutors that Stone receive at least seven years in prison.
Attorney General William Barr then backed off that recommendation, prompting four prosecutors to quit Stone’s case.