Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort soon will trade in his accommodations at a minimum-security facility in Pennsylvania for the notorious Rikers Island in New York, according to The Daily Beast — a prison that “has been home to some of the most notorious criminals in the city’s history, from serial killer David Berkowitz to John Lennon’s murderer, Mark David Chapman.”
First reported by Fox News, the transfer comes after Manafort was sentenced earlier this year to nearly seven years in prison for charges related to tax fraud, foreign lobbying and witness tampering.
A source close to the Trump associate told Fox News that Manafort will be held in solitary confinement at Rikers, for his own protection, adding: “He’s not a mob boss.”
The transfer reportedly could happen as early as Thursday.
The 70-year-old Manafort also faces “16 counts including residential mortgage fraud, falsifying business records and other charges” in New York, Fox News noted — crimes for which President Donald Trump would be unable to pardon him.
Manafort became the first of Trump’s campaign associates to be convicted by jury as a result of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, though no charges against him were related to Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.