Alex Murdaugh increases prison sentence, pleads guilty to financial crimes in state court

BEAUFORT, S.C. – Alex Murdaugh pleaded guilty Friday to financial crimes in state court, adding to the prison sentence facing the longtime attorney who was convicted of killing his wife and son.

Murdaugh agreed to plead guilty to more than a dozen charges, including money laundering, breach of trust and financial fraud, in exchange for a 27-year sentence.

The sentence must be approved by Judge Clifton Newman, who set a sentencing hearing for November 28 at which the victims or their families will be able to speak.

Murdaugh is already serving a life sentence without parole after he was convicted in March of two counts of murder.

His attorneys are seeking a new trial in the murder case, citing allegations that the court clerk tampered with the jury. The secretary has denied the accusations.

Convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh speaks with his defense attorney, Dick Harpootlian, in Beaufort, South Carolina, Friday, Nov. 17, 2023.AP

Murdaugh already admitted guilt in federal court in September to 22 counts of financial fraud and money laundering.

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