Alex Murdaugh pleaded guilty to federal financial crimes Thursday for his role in a decadelong scheme to steal millions from former clients of his family law firm. Murdaugh confessed to 22 felonies, including 14 counts of money laundering, in a conspiracy that unraveled after his wife and son were shot to death two years ago at the family’s hunting estate. reports Courthouse News Service. The slayings drew national attention that intensified after the once-respected attorney became the primary suspect. Murdaugh was indicted last summer in the murders and convicted after a six-week trial. He is serving two consecutive life sentences.
The towering former college quarterback reviewed his indictment in Charleston federal court. He told U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel he has been sober for 744 days. “It’s my hope that by taking responsibility, the people I hurt can begin to heal,” he said. Murdaugh testified in his murder trial that it was a consuming opioid addiction that drove him to steal at least $6.5 million from his personal injury clients. Murdaugh stole from a settlement intended for the sons of his longtime housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, who died after a fall in 2018 at the family hunting estate. Two girls who lost their mother and brother in a 2005 car crash had their trust accounts pilfered before they became adults. A man whose wife died in a 2011 car crash was swindled, too. Murdaugh maintains he did not kill his wife, Maggie, and their son Paul. His attorneys are seeking a new trial based on claims the elected court clerk for Colleton County tampered with the jury process.