Murdaugh files Appeal of Financial Crimes


Former Lowcountry attorney Alex Murdaugh has filed an intent to appeal his most recent prison sentence. 

Alex Murdaugh filed a notice of appeal on Monday to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.  This appeal is in reference to the 40-year prison sentence and $8.7 million dollars in restitution to his victims. This sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel in his financial trial on April 1, 2024.

Both the defense and prosecution originally requested a 30-year sentence, however Judge Gergel sentenced Murdaugh to a longer term because Murdaugh stole from “the most needy, vulnerable people” including a client who became a quadriplegic after a crash, a state trooper who was injured on the job, and a trust fund meant for children whose parents were killed in an automobile accident.

Murdaugh has been sentenced to 2 life sentences in the murder trial which is currently under appeal. He has 27 years is state prison for financial crime charges in state court in which he plead guilty. The 40-year sentence will run concurrently to the state sentence if not overturned on appeal.