Downing told CNN that Manafort would serve the remainder of his detention at home after serving a sentence of about one-third of his sentence in a federal prison in Western Pennsylvania.
Fear of a corona virus breeding behind bars has eaten prisoners across the country, and the Prison Bureau has moved nearly 2,500 prisoners at risk of coronavirus to house confinement this week in an effort to stop the spread of disease in its facilities. The prison where Manafort lives currently has no confirmed cases.
Manafort’s lawyer has asked prison officials last month to consider letting him stay under house cages either when the pandemic continues or even for another four years he will stay behind bars.
“It’s only a matter of time before the infection spreads to staff and inmates at FCI Loretto, where by then it might be too late to prevent high-risk prisoners, like Mr. Manafort, from contracting a potentially deadly virus,” Downing wrote in a letter to prison officials in mid April.
The letter indicated that Manafort could be moved to a three-room apartment in Northern Virginia where his wife lived.
His lawyer also described in the letter some 71-year-old facial health problems, such as liver and respiratory problems, and that he was taking some medications for cholesterol and high blood pressure. In late 2018 and 2019, Manafort repeatedly noted that he had ongoing health problems in court, and even appeared in a wheelchair due to gout problems in his legs.
Late last year, he spent time in the hospital due to a heart condition. Manafort then caught a cold and bronchitis this February, Downing wrote.
As part of a defense agreement in September 2018, Manafort acknowledged money laundering, tax fraud, and illegal foreign lobbying related to his favorable years of work for Ukrainian politicians, and tricking banks into supplementing their income with cash through mortgages. He also agreed to work with prosecutors from the special office of Robert Mueller – before lying during the interview session.
This story has been updated with additional information about the Manafort case.
Katelyn Polantz and Devan Cole from CNN contributed to this report.
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