Roger Stone was sentenced to 40 months in prison on February 20 on seven charges of obstruction, lying to Congress, and witness tampering, local media reported.
The longtime political adviser and friend of Donald Trump was imprisoned for impeding a congressional investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Stone won’t be sent to prison immediately. US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson agreed to postpone his incarceration until she has had a chance to consider his request for a new trial, according to the Washington Times.
“This effort to obstruct the investigation was deliberate, planned, not one isolated incident, and conducted over a period of time,” Judge Jackson said handing down the sentence.
Judge Jackson also scolded Stone for his actions while his criminal case unfolded, including a raucous press conference after his arraignment and a social media post that appeared to depict a rifle’s crosshairs next to her head.
In this video, Stone can be seen walking toward the courthouse on the morning of February 20, passing a large inflatable rat with blonde hair and a long red tie resembling Trump’s. Credit: Claude Taylor via Storyful