Roger Stone was sentenced to three years and four months on Thursday in federal court in Washington for his conviction on witness intimidation and lying to Congress about the Russian collusion investigation
US District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said a harsh punishment instead of probation was necessary because of Stone’s threats against a witness and because his obstruction led to an “inaccurate, incorrect and incomplete report” from the House.
“This is intolerable to the administration of justice and the courts should not sit idly by, shrug its shoulders and just say it’s ‘Roger being Roger,‘” she said in court.
The initial sentencing recommendation called for up to nine years in prison.
Stone’s defense team asked for no jail time.
“Given Mr. Stone’s larger-than-life persona, it’s particularly important to remind the court that Stone” isn’t just a name in the news “he’s a real human being,” Seth Ginsberg told the judge.
Stone, 67, who declined to speak on his behalf in court and as he left the courthouse, won’t have to immediately report to prison.
Jackson said it will be delayed until she rules on a request by Stone’s lawyers for a new trial after a juror’s biased comments surfaced earlier this month.
Stone, who is on supervised release, was also ordered to undergo substance abuse testing, perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $20,000 fine.