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Killer father to spend another 40 years in prison

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American double murderer Alex Murdaugh has been sentenced to an additional 40 years in prison for a series of financial crimes to which he pleaded guilty last year.

The disgraced former lawyer has already been sentenced to two life sentences for the shocking murders of his wife and 22-year-old son in one of the most closely watched criminal cases in recent history, the New York P.ost.

The federal sentence handed down Monday (U.S. time) in South Carolina adds to another 27-year prison sentence handed down by Murdaugh in state court for similar financial offenses.

“There is not enough time and I do not have sufficient vocabulary to adequately describe to you in words the magnitude of how I feel about the things that I have done,” Murdaugh said during the hearing on Monday.

Prosecutors in both financial crimes cases said Murdaugh brazenly billed millions of dollars to clients of his personal injury firm, burying him in charges of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering.

In handing down the four-decade sentence Monday, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel opted for a much harsher sentence than federal prosecutors recommended, which called for 17 to 22 years.

Judge Gergel told the court he victimized “the neediest and most vulnerable people” – including a quadriplegic client, a state trooper injured in the line of duty and a trust fund intended for children whose parents died in a car accident.

“They placed all their problems and all their hopes on Mr. Murdaugh and those are the people he abused and stole from. This is a difficult set of actions to understand,” Judge Gergel said.

The lawyer mocked Murdaugh’s long-standing claim that an opioid addiction motivated his crimes.

“No truly impaired person could carry out these complex transactions,” the judge said of Murdaugh’s two-decade criminal run.

A jury found Murdaugh, 55, guilty of murdering his wife, Maggie, and son Paul in 2021 in an attempt to deflect investigations into his financial misdeeds.

Murdaugh has vehemently denied any role in the murders while facing mounting financial allegations against him.

Although all sentences are concurrent, the financial crime sentences would take effect in the unlikely event that the murder convictions are overturned on appeal.

Monday could mark the last time Murdaugh enters a courtroom, and the federal case was the last pending legal proceeding he faces.

The disbarred attorney was denied a new trial by a South Carolina judge in January after his defense team accused a court clerk of jury tampering.

The attorneys said Colleton County Clerk Becky Hill influenced the jury by suggesting they observe Murdaugh’s actions and body language during his testimony.

But Judge Jean Toal ruled they failed to prove the comments directly influenced the panel.

Before his fall, Murdaugh ran a very lucrative law practice in Hampton County, inland from the city of Charleston.

He came from a prominent local family who served as local elected prosecutor and lawyer in the area for approximately 100 years.

Murdaugh is expected to pay nearly $13.88 million in restitution to his victims and their loved ones.

This story was published in the New York Post and is reprinted with permission.

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