Trump faces possibility of more than 600 years in prison in three separate indictments

August 2, 2023

Former President Donald Trump is currently facing the possibility, albeit rather remote, of being ordered to serve upwards of 600 years behind bars in prison, according to The Washington Times.

That is the rough combined total of possible maximum sentences served consecutively if convicted on all of 78 counts spread across three criminal indictments -- two from federal Special Counsel Jack Smith and one from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

As astounding as the figure is, it will likely be pushed up even higher once Georgia's Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis files an expected criminal indictment against the former president, if any of the already existing indictments are further amended with additional charges, or if another unanticipated indictment is issued by some other federal or state-level prosecutor.

Up to 28 years in new indictment

On Tuesday, Special Counsel Smith unveiled a four-count indictment against former President Trump in relation to his efforts to challenge and potentially overturn the disputed final results of the 2020 election.

That new federal indictment includes a count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.

The conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to obstruct charges can result in up to five years in prison each, while the obstruction charge can net eight years in prison and the conspiracy against rights charge can lead to up to 10 years in prison, resulting in a potential total of 28 years behind bars in this most recent indictment.

Up to 450 years in "documents" case

In June, Special Counsel Smith issued a 37-count indictment against former President Trump over his alleged unlawful retention and mishandling of classified government documents after leaving the White House but amended that indictment in late July with three additional charges.

Trump faces the possibility of up to 10 years in prison for each of 32 separate counts of willful retention of national defense information. He also faces up to 20 years for each of three conspiracy to obstruct justice charges, 20 years for withholding a document, 20 years for concealing a document, 20 years for concealing a document in an investigation, five years for a "scheme to conceal," and five years for making false statements.

Combined together, those 40 counts in the documents case could result in up to 450 years behind bars, to say nothing of upwards of $10 million or more in associated fines.

Up to 136 years in New York "hush money" case

Finally, in April, Manhattan DA Bragg revealed a 34-count indictment against former President Trump over his alleged falsification of business records in New York in relation to his compensation of former personal attorney Michael Cohen for making "hush money" payments to certain individuals during the 2016 election to keep negative information quiet.

Each of those 34 counts carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison, for a grand total of 136 years behind bars if convicted on all counts and sentenced to serve maximum consecutive sentences.

If Trump were to receive maximum consecutive sentences for all 78 criminal charges he currently faces, he could conceivably be facing approximately 614 years behind bars in federal and state prisons.

Actual sentences would be substantially lower

Of course, it is not guaranteed that former President Trump will even be convicted of all of the charges pressed against him, and it is highly unlikely that he would receive maximum sentences for any charges he might be convicted of, much less be ordered to serve those sentences consecutively instead of concurrently.

Thus, it is far more likely, according to the Times, that Trump would face anywhere from 5-10 years in prison per each indictment if convicted. That said, given the former president's age, any such prison sentence would effectively be a life sentence.

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