Rifles, bullet proof vests, and Roger Stone: The Fort Lauderdale raid that started it all

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FBI Agent pointing weapon outside of Roger Stone's home.{ }(Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Longtime Trump ally and South Floridian Roger Stone was sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison Thursday after being convicted last year of lying to congress and witness tampering.

Stone, whose trial was tied to the Mueller Investigation, has maintained his innocence in the past and requested a new trial, saying the jury was biased.

The self-described political dirty trickster was convicted of lying to congress about his contacts with Wikileaks, regarding stolen information from the Democratic National Committee.

Shortly after his arrest in January 2019, CBS 12 obtained exclusive video of FBI agents raiding his Fort Lauderdale home. It shows agents with long guns and bullet proof vests arresting Stone. At the time, Stone called the tactics excessive, but law enforcement sources said they were common for suspects considered flight risks or who could destroy evidence.

"It was to make me look guilty, to poison the jury pool," Stone told Sinclair correspondent Scott Thuman in an interview.

Stone recounted FBI agents walking him out of his home in a T-shirt, flip flops, and gym shorts. The shirt said "Roger Stone did nothing wrong," according to security camera footage.

For much of his trial, Stone was under a gag order and prevented from talking about his case after he posted a now-deleted photo of cross hairs over a picture of the federal judge presiding over his case.

President Donald Trump has reportedly hinted at a possible pardon for Stone but backed off that, Thursday afternoon.

“I am not going to do anything in terms of the great powers bestowed upon a president of the United States. I want the process to play out,” Trump said in Las Vegas. “I think that is the best thing to do because I'd love to see Roger exonerated and I'd love to see it happen. I personally think he was treated very unfairly."

In an exclusive interview with CBS12 News, days before Stone’s trial began in Fall 2019, Stone was asked about the possibility of a pardon from Trump.

He declined to answer, citing his gag order, and added he that he hadn't spoken with the president for some time.