Alex Murdaugh Sentenced to 40 More Years in Prison for Financial Crimes

Alex Murdaugh was sentenced by a federal judge on Monday to 40 years in prison for numerous financial crimes.

The convicted murderer will serve the 40-year sentence at the same time as the 27 years South Carolina sentenced him to for similar crimes.

Those sentences are in addition to the two consecutive life sentences Murdaugh received for killing his wife, Maggie, and youngest son, Paul.

“Trust in our legal system begins with trust in its lawyers,” U.S. Attorney Adair F. Boroughs said in a statement. “South Carolinians turn to lawyers when they are at their most vulnerable, and in our state, those who abuse the public’s trust and enrich themselves by fraud, theft, and self-dealing will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Murdaugh was accused of stealing millions of dollars from his previous law firm and its clients and was also ordered to pay more than $8 million in restitution to his victims.

Last week, prosecutors filed a motion trying to back out of their plea agreement with Murdaugh, saying he failed a polygraph test and was lying about where the money was spent.

“To allow the Government to publicly accuse Murdaugh of breaching his plea agreement while also allowing the Government to hide all purported evidence supporting that accusation from the public would violate the public’s right to the truth,” Murdaugh’s attorneys, Jim Griffin and Dick Harpootlian, wrote in their motion.

Murdaugh reportedly admitted to stealing around $12 million from clients over the years after promising to help them with medical bills.

“I want to take responsibility. I want my son to see me take responsibility. It’s my hope that by taking responsibility that the people I’ve hurt can begin to heal,” Murdaugh said.