Paul Manafort should receive a “less stringent” sentence in Washington, D.C., his attorneys told a federal judge Monday in a memo that painted the former Trump campaign chairman as far from the “hardened criminal” that federal prosecutors portrayed.

In a sentencing memo filed Monday, Manafort’s attorneys told Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that Manafort should serve no more than 10 years for his conduct. They urged the court to “exercise its broad discretion” to avoid banishing him to what will likely be a lifetime in prison.

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