Michael Cohen, former personal lawyer to US President Donald Trump, was on Wednesday sentenced to a total of three years in prison.
He was sentenced having being found guilty of making illegal hush-money payments to women to help Trump’s 2016 election campaign and lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia.
US District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan sentenced Cohen to three years for the payments, which violated campaign finance law, and to two months for the false statements to Congress. The two terms will run concurrently.
Cohen pleaded guilty to the campaign finance charge in August and to making false statements in November.
The disgraced attorney told Judge William Pauley on Wednesday that Mr Trump had caused him to “follow a path of darkness rather than light”.
He told the court his “weakness was a blind loyalty to Donald Trump” and that he “felt it was my duty to cover up his dirty deeds”.
Cohen becomes the first member of Mr Trump’s inner circle to be jailed over the special counsel’s inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
The judge gave Cohen until 6 March to report to Otisville prison in upstate New York.