Victims of Alex Murdaugh’s intricate web of lies and crime tonight celebrated his sentencing – as reports suggest he could face more than 700 years in prison for his financial crimes.
Jurors unanimously found the disgraced legal scion guilty of murdering his wife Maggie, 52, and son Paul, 22, on June 7, 2021, following a sensational six-week trial that gripped America. He now faces 30 years to life in prison.
One of his former clients — from whom he stole $1 million — celebrated the news by tweeting “justice has been done,” while a lawyer representing other victims praised the jury for not “buying” Murdaugh’s tears and charisma.
But questions still arise about how authorities will deal with the myriad other crimes he’s accused of – many of which he admitted under oath at his murder trial.
Last night, Justin Bamberg, who represents several victims who claim to have been exploited by Murdaugh, welcomed the news, declaring “today is a good day.”
Alex Murdaugh’s trial opened a can of worms for the disgraced legal scion, as he admitted to a litany of financial crimes that could see him face a further 700 years in prison
Attorney Justin Bamberg, who represents some of Murdaugh’s financial victims, welcomed his sentencing Thursday night when he said, “Today is a good day.”
“Those of us who have dealt with Alex’s shenanigans for the past year and a half knew he was a liar,” he said. Fox news.
“I think the jury made it very clear that we don’t buy what you sell.
“We think you’ve been proven to be a liar, that you’ve lied to everyone, including those you care about the most.
“If you look at Alex’s face when that verdict was read, the tears we saw at the trial, the snot we saw at the trial — there was none.
‘You know why? Because tears and things wouldn’t help him.’
Meanwhile, Alania Spohn, from whom Murdaugh stole $1 million after her mother and brother died in a car accident, congratulated the prosecutor.
She tweeted, “Guilty on all counts! Justice is served! More than proud of the entire prosecution team.
“What a wearying and exhausting ordeal it has been. Murdaugh is a liar, a thief. And a murderer.’
Alania and her sister Hannah Plyler were just nine and twelve when their mother Angela, 37, and 14-year-old brother Justin were killed in a car accident in 2005, which also left them both injured.
Murdaugh was hired by their family to take care of their finances until they turned 18. But more than $1 million in settlements related to the crash was stolen.
Alania (left) and Hannah Plyler were just nine and 12 when their mother and brother died in a car accident that left them both injured in 2005. Alania tweeted on Thursday that ‘justice be done’
Eric Bland, representing the family of a housekeeper who died while working for the Murdaughs, wrote on Twitter: “Alex Murdaugh is now drinking from the same cup of justice as every other murderer in South Carolina.
“I’m not gloating because it’s extremely sad for Maggie and Paul.
“But there were far too many national experts who didn’t live through this case, knew Alex and didn’t have boots on the ground, and understand the injuries suffered by South Carolina citizens over the last 30 years. Justice has been done.’
The lawsuit opened up a can of worms for the Murdaugh family, exposing a litany of criminal and financial crimes dating back to 2015.
The father is charged with at least 99 financial crimes in 19 different charges, among other charges. These will be dealt with in a later process.
Murdaugh, pictured being led away from Colleton County Court Thursday night, faces up to 700 years in prison if convicted of the financial crimes he is accused of
Lawyers acting on behalf of his financial victims welcomed his conviction
Gloria Satterfield was reported to have died after a fall at Murdaugh’s home in 2018. She was the family’s housekeeper and nanny for 25 years. Her son Tony (right) testified at Murdaugh’s trial
Other scandals discussed at trial include a 2019 boating accident involving his late son Paul, which left 19-year-old Mallory Beach dead. Paul faced criminal charges after being charged with operating the boat while intoxicated before being shot dead.
The death of his housekeeper Gloria Satterfield – who, according to the Murdaugh family, tripped over the dogs and fell down the stairs while working at their hunting lodge – was also raised during the case. Her son Tony called to testify on the stand about the $4 million wrongful death benefit that Murdaugh allegedly stole.
The South Carolina Attorney General’s office also alleges that Murdaugh stole nearly $7 million from the bank account of his law firm, then called Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick.
In addition, he allegedly evaded less than half a million dollars in taxes and stole settlement funds from extremely ill, vulnerable and bereaved clients and families — including a paralyzed client who was defrauded of $1 million.
Laundering an amount in excess of $100.00 carries a possible 20-year prison sentence.
Murdaugh has been charged with at least 11 separate offenses on that count.
He is also charged with two minor money laundering charges that carry a maximum sentence of five years.
It means that the money laundering charges alone carry a maximum sentence of 230 years in prison.
In addition, he faces charges of at least 20 different financial crimes that carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison.
The total maximum sentence for those charges totals 200 years or more.
His other charges carry at least a combined maximum sentence of 310 years, Law and Crime claims.
It means he could face up to 740 years in South Carolina prison.
Murdaugh was also charged with defrauding $1 million from paraplegic Hakeem Pinckney, pictured