Alex Murdaugh pleads guilty to several financial crimes

September 23, 2023

Alex Murdaugh, now a convicted murderer whose high-profile, televised trial was viewed by millions worldwide, pleaded guilty to new crimes recently.

According to the Washington Examiner, Murdaugh pleaded guilty to federal financial-related crimes on Thursday, marking the convicted killer's first guilty plea since his name hit the mainstream.

The Examiner noted:

Murdaugh pleaded guilty to federal charges after he stole millions of dollars from his clients. The disgraced South Carolina lawyer is already serving two consecutive life sentences without parole for the murders of his wife, Maggie, and his son Paul in June 2021.

Prosecutors maintained during his trial that part of the reason he murdered his family was because his financial crimes were on the brink of coming to light.

The outlet added:

On Thursday, Murdaugh pleaded guilty to 14 counts of money laundering, five counts of wire fraud, one count of bank fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

On top of his life sentences for the murders of which he was convicted, Murdaugh could face possibly decades of extra time on his sentence.

Federal prosecutor Emily Limehouse made clear at a recent press conference the prosecution's reasoning for pursuing the financial crimes, of which there were over a dozen.

"Our goal in holding him accountable for the financial crimes in federal court is to ensure that he’s never a free man again," Limehouse said.

For his part, Murdaugh told the judge in the case that he's ready to accept responsibility for bilking his clients out of millions of dollars, primarily so that his son sees him take accountability for his actions.

"I want to take responsibility. I want my son to see me take responsibility. It’s my hope that by taking responsibility that the people I’ve hurt can begin to heal," Murdaugh said.

Murdaugh's plea deal read: "The Defendant agrees to be fully truthful and forthright with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies by providing full, complete and truthful information about all criminal activities about which he/she has knowledge."

The plea deal also demands Murdaugh pay back the $9 million he stole from his clients.

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