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Alex Murdaugh sentenced to life in prison after conviction in double murder trial during his sentencing at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro on Friday, March 3, 2023 after he was found guilty on all four counts. Andrew J. Whitaker/The Post and Courier/Pool
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With two state jail sentences already on his shoulders, confessed and convicted fraudster Alex Murdaugh walked right into a federal courthouse in Charleston Monday to obtain yet one more — a hefty federal jail sentence.

Disbarred Hampton, S.C., lawyer Richard Alexander “Alex” Murdaugh was sentenced to a complete of 480 months, or 40 years, in federal jail, in reference to a sweeping decade-plus, multi-million-dollar monetary fraud crime spree that engulfed greater than a rating of victims in a number of South Carolina Lowcountry counties.

Whereas Murdaugh will stay in state jail, this federal time period will run concurrently with Murdaugh’s state phrases. He’s at present serving a pair of life sentences for the June 2021 murders of his spouse and son, and 27 years for related S.C. State Grand Jury fraud expenses.

Murdaugh has additionally been ordered to pay a complete of $8,762,731.88 in restitution to a number of of his former legislation purchasers and his former legislation agency.

United States District Decide Richard M. Gergel imposed the sentence after a quick sentencing listening to at the USA District Courthouse on Assembly Avenue in Charleston.

Murdaugh, 55, pleaded responsible on Sept. 21, 2023, to 22 expenses together with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and financial institution fraud; financial institution fraud; wire fraud; and cash laundering. He additionally later pleaded responsible to related state expenses.

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