Alex Murdaugh is calling for a mountain of financial crimes to be dealt with
Alex Murdaugh accepted a universal plea deal Friday that covers dozens of financial crimes from charges in six counties in exchange for nearly three decades in prison.
The convicted killer, wearing an orange jumpsuit with a prison case, admitted to 22 counts – including breach of trust, money laundering, forgery, and tax evasion.
“How do you apply?” asked Circuit Judge Clifton Newman in Beaufort County, South Carolina.
“I plead guilty, Your Honor,” he replied. He is scheduled to be sentenced to 27.5 years in prison on November 28.
“I agree that I misappropriated all that money, Your Honor, and that I committed all those crimes,” he said later in the hearing.
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He was due to go to trial on November 27 on some of the charges stemming from stealing more than $4 million from the estate of his late wife Gloria Satterfield.
After she tripped and fell on his property and later died, Murdugh urged her family to sue him. Instead of turning over the money to her two sons, he and his wife pocketed the settlement.
“In the Satterfield case he stole every dime, every dime,” said South Carolina prosecutor Creighton Waters.
He detailed Murdaugh’s various schemes to defraud his personal injury clients, his law firm and his own brother.
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“He was so easy to talk to and talk to quickly,” Waters said of Murdaugh’s clients. “In the end, it was really about a sense of entitlement and lack. accountability.”
Waters clarified that the plea agreement does not include Murdaugh’s motion for a new double-murder trial.
A New Man Murdoch’s sentence to two life terms in prison in March for fatally shooting his wife, Maggie, and eldest son, Paul, after jurors returned a guilty verdict.
The lawyer recused himself from presiding over all pending cases in the murder case.
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Defense attorneys Jim Griffin and Dick Harpootlian filed a motion to overturn the verdict based on allegations that Colleton County Clerk of Court Becky Hill had distracted jurors by try to move to conviction. She has deny the allegations.
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Murdaugh previously pleaded guilty to 22 counts of financial fraud and money laundering in federal court.