2018-03-09 22:12:34 UTC
When pharma bro Martin Shkreli spoke with Gizmodo back in September, he told
us he wouldnt spend a single day in prison. Turns out, he was wrong.
Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison today by US District Judge Kiyo
Matsumoto at a hearing in Brooklyn, with credit for time served since he was
jailed in September. Shkreli was sobbing when he told the judge that hes not
the same person [he] once was. Prosecutors had asked for a 15-year sentence,
while his lawyers had asked for 12-18 months.
The judge said that Shkrelis own emails call into question his claims of
remorse and mentioned the time that he wrote Fuck the feds, while also
bragging that he wouldnt serve any real time in prison. And it wasnt a great
sign for Shkreli when his own lawyer said in court that there were times he
wanted to punch Shkreli directly in the face.
Shkrelis lawyers argued that he shouldnt be sentenced harshly, simply for
being Martin Shkreli. Which is now an internationally recognized way of saying
that someone is being an asshole.
Im old enough to be his father, Shkrelis lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said
before the judge issued the sentence. There are times I want to hug and hold
him... times I want to punch him in the face for some of the things hes said.
Earlier this week, Shkreli was ordered to hand over $7.36 million in assets,
including the one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang record that he purchased for $2 million,
Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. Shkreli was previously found guilty on two counts
of securities fraud in August of 2017 after lying to his investors.