Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort, 70, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, who was sentenced in March to a total of more than seven years behind bars for fraud and conspiracy charges, is being housed at FCI-Loretto. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, his release date is listed as Dec. 25, 2024.

LORETTO – President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort’s stay at a Cambria County prison will apparently be a short-lived one.

The longtime lobbyist and Republican political consultant is being moved closer to home – albeit a notorious maximum security facility in the Bronx.

A state judge in New York granted New York City District Attorney Cy Vance Jr.’s transfer request for the move to Rikers Island – and according to Fox News, the 70-year-old New York man will be held in solitary confinement during his stay “for his own safety.”

Vance was a prosecutor in the case against Manafort earlier this year.

Manafort’s location has changed several times since March when he was sentenced to more than seven years behind bars for fraud and conspiracy.

Manafort’s charges stemmed from illegally lobbying on behalf of Ukraine, including the Eastern European country’s former president who has since been convicted of treason.

Efforts to reach FCI-Loretto’s public information office for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, FCI-Loretto is licensed to hold more than 1,300 inmates – all of them males.

It’s classified as a minimum-security prison, often housing drug offenders and individuals convicted of white collar crimes.

The prison has housed Manafort since early May.

Rikers Island sits on a 400-acre island on the East River between Queens and the Bronx. 

It houses more than 7,500 inmates across a nine-building network of lock-ups.

Since it opened in 1932, it has housed a long list of well-known felons, including Son of Sam serial killer David Berkowitz, Mark David Chapman – John Lennon’s assassin – and rappers Tupac Shakur and Lil Wayne.

 

David Hurst is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5053. Follow him on Twitter @TDDavidHurst and Instagram @TDDavidHurst.

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