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Ex-Trump adviser begins sentence at Wisconsin minimum security prison


OXFORD (WKOW) — Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos is in a federal prison in Wisconsin to serve a 14-day sentence.

Papadopoulos was dropped off at the Oxford Correctional Institution Monday afternoon after pleading guilty to lying to FBI agents who investigated Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

On Sunday, a federal judge in Washington D.C. rejected his plea to stay out of prison. Oxford is a medium security prison with a minimum security satellite camp next to it.

Madison attorney Chris Van Wagner used to be a federal prosecutor and said Papadopoulos will be housed at the minimum security federal prison camp or “FPC.” Papadopoulos was sent to Oxford because it’s the closest to his hometown of Chicago, where he’ll return after prison for a one-year probation.

“It’s kind of like being away from home, removed from your family, and your freedoms, but still a tolerable living situation that’s more akin to an old-school college dorm,” said Van Wagner.

Papadopoulos’ sentence is only 14 days but he will be limited to what he can and cannot do. Van Wagner said his cell is unlikely to have bars on it and most of the facility doesn’t keep locks on the doors.

“What he is going to experience is a deprivation of freedom that requires him to be submitted to searches, bed checks, hours that he doesn’t want to set himself,” said Van Wagner. “He’ll be in a military-like setting where he has to follow rules.”

Papadopoulos also faces a fine of about $9,500 and will have to participate in community service.

“My guess is that they would probably limit his activities to keep him out of the kinds of activities that he was involved that lead his conviction,” said Van Wagner.