Convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh has avoided a potentially sensational trial by entering a guilty plea for over 100 financial-related charges, including money laundering and breach of trust.
As part of the plea deal, Murdaugh has agreed to reimburse the $9 million he admitted to stealing from clients at his law firm, ensuring restitution to “each and every identifiable victim,” as confirmed by RadarOnline.com.
Appearing in Beaufort County Court before Circuit Court Judge Clifton Newman, Murdaugh expressed his acceptance of guilt in his orange jumpsuit and shackles. Chief prosecutor Creighton Waters recommended a 27-year prison sentence, with the final determination set for a November 28 sentencing hearing. The trial had previously been scheduled for November 27.
Murdaugh admitted to various crimes, including embezzling millions from his late housekeeper’s estate and insurance providers, as well as diverting settlement funds related to the 2018 death of his long-time housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield. Federal prosecutors accused him of engaging in a “pattern of criminal activity” spanning over a decade.
While Murdaugh indicated that he disagreed with certain aspects of the narrative portraying him as money-hungry, he did not dispute the central facts. Notably, Murdaugh is currently serving a life sentence for the murders of his wife and son in June 2021. Prosecutors had speculated that he killed them to divert attention from his extensive theft, believing their tragic deaths would elicit sympathy.
Jim Griffin, one of Murdaugh’s lawyers, shared a statement indicating that Murdaugh was comfortable serving prison time for the crimes he committed but vehemently denied involvement in the murders of his wife and son.
Following his conviction, Murdaugh began his sentence in solitary confinement at the Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia. An attorney representing victims of his financial crimes likened his actions to a Ponzi scheme, where new victims’ funds were used to replace those stolen from earlier victims. Eventually, the scheme unraveled, exposing Murdaugh’s financial crimes.
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