Facing the possibility of a prison sentence that would put him behind bars for the rest of his life, Paul Manafort pleaded for compassion.

Seated in a wheelchair before the judge who would decide his fate Thursday, Manafort said he was “humiliated and ashamed.” He said the past two years have been the most difficult he and his family have ever experienced. Months in solitary confinement and house arrest had taken a toll on his “physical and mental health,” he said, and his life, professionally and financially, has been “in shambles.”

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