In a new court ruling made public on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III revealed that he believes former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is a significant risk to try to escape custody because the weight of evidence against him appears to be so strong. He also said there’s a good chance Manafort could die in prison, Politico reports.
“Given the nature of the charges against the defendant and the apparent weight of the evidence against him, defendant faces the very real possibility of spending the rest of his life in prison,” wrote Ellis, who recommended that Manafort be kept on “24-hour-a-day lockdown” at his residence in Alexandria, Virginia.
Per the judge’s ruling, Manafort is only allowed to leave his residence for medical appointments, and for legal meetings and court appearances related to the multiple money laundering charges being leveled against him.
Ellis also wrote that Manafort has the means to escape and would certainly try to do so given the opportunity.
“The defendant is a person of great wealth who has the financial means and international connections to flee and remain at large, as well as every incentive to do so,” the judge wrote.
Life in prison.