Alex Murdaugh sentenced in federal court to 40 years in prison for financial crimes

Convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh received another prison sentence Monday, this time in federal court, where a judge sentenced him to 40 years after he pleaded guilty to a raft of financial crimes, including nearly two dozen charges of conspiracy, fraud and money laundering.

The federal sentence – which significantly exceeded prosecutors’ recommendation and orders Murdaugh to pay more than $8.7 million in restitution to his victims – will run concurrently with the 27 years he’s already serving following his guilty plea in state court for similar misconduct. Both cases stemmed from myriad schemes prosecutors say saw the now-disbarred attorney defraud his personal injury clients and law firm of millions of dollars.

Those sentences are in addition to the two consecutive sentences of life without parole Murdaugh, 55, received a year ago for the murders of his wife, Maggie, and 22-year-old son, Paul – killings state prosecutors cast as a desperate attempt to distract from and delay investigations into his unraveling financial crimes.