Federal prosecutors on Monday argued that longtime President Trump confidant Roger Stone deserves a sentence of seven to nine years in prison for lying to Congress and tampering with a witness in his efforts to learn about hacked Democratic emails during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, according to The Washington Post.
Stone was the last person indicted in former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation and marks the sixth Trump associate to be convicted.
A sentence of 87 to 108 months, “consistent with the applicable advisory Guidelines would accurately reflect the seriousness of his crimes and promote respect for the law,” prosecutors Jonathan Kravis, Michael J. Marando, Adam C. Jed, and Aaron S.J. Zelinsky wrote in a 22-page filing.
Stone’s defense, on the other hand, asked for a sentence of probation, citing his age, 67, and lack of criminal history. They also noted that of seven Mueller defendants who have been sentenced, only one faces more than a six-month term: Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, who is serving 7 ½ years.
First-time offenders convicted of obstruction offenses, such as lying to Congress, making false statements, and witness tampering will typically fall into sentencing ranges from 15 to 21 months. However, that range substantially increases if the offense involved other factors such as threatening physical injury, significantly interfering with the administration of justice, or the willful obstruction of justice.
A seven- to nine-year term “will send the message that tampering with a witness, obstructing justice, and lying in the context of a congressional investigation on matters of critical national importance are not crimes to be taken lightly,” prosecutors wrote.
“Roger Stone obstructed Congress’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, lied under oath, and tampered with a witness. And when his crimes were revealed by the indictment in this case, he displayed contempt for this Court and the rule of law,” they added.
After his September 2017 testimony to the House Intelligence Committee, which was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, Stone was found guilty on seven counts.
Prosecutors said Stone lied to the Intelligence Committee to conceal his role in the Trump campaign’s efforts to learn about computer files hacked by Russia and that he threatened a witness in an attempt to prevent him from cooperating with lawmakers.