'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli sentenced to seven years in prison

Former Pharmaceutical Executive Martin Shkreli Set to Learn Fate Friday

"I also want to make clear that Mr. Shkreli is not a child", Kasulis said.

Shkreli being forced to deal with the consequences of his actions (indirectly, since his seven-year prison sentence has nothing to do with abusing his Pharma Bro powers or harassing women, but hey, they got Al Capone on tax evasion and we all seem fine with it).

"This is my fault. I now understand how I need to change", Shkreli said in his letter.

The defence submitted that Martin Shkreli is merely a "misunderstood eccentric" who used unconventional means to build wealth for his investors, while prosecutors characterised him as a "master manipulator" and conman, calling for a sentence of 15 years. But Shkreli's attorneys had asked the judge for 12 to 15 months, pointing to his efforts to help patients by developing drugs that treat rare diseases, according to CNBC.

"Such a finding of loss could justify a 10-year sentence - or longer".

She described Shkreli as a privately "kind individual" based on the testimonies of his acquaintances and family.

"I'm old enough to be his father.There are times I want to hug him and hold him, times I want to punch him in the face for some of the things he said".

Matsumoto also mentioned Shkreli's charitable contributions and his knack for picking stocks.

Martin Shkreli is a simple-minded troll who became famous because he's an asshole.

"He can't be just an average person who fails, like the rest of us". "He needs to be mythical, He needs to be larger than life".

Shkreli received media attention when the company raised the retail price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Shkreli's attorney, Benjamin Brafman, wrote in a court filing.

Some prospective jurors were excused for calling Shkreli a "snake" and "the face of corporate greed in America".

Not long after the Daraprim mess, Shkreli was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and charged with securities fraud for his mismanagement of two hedge funds, which were apparently a big ol' Ponzi scheme.

Shkreli was never convicted of anything related to his disgusting business of price gouging, but instead was convicted of unrelated charges.

In addition to his seven-year sentence, Matsumoto has already ordered Shreli to forfeit more than $7 million, including his $5 million bond, and potentially, the only known copy of the Wu-Tang Clan's "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" and a Picasso painting.

Brafman had argued for a lenient sentence, saying: "He should not be sentenced exclusively for being Martin Shkreli, with all the baggage he brings to the table".

His online antics would come back to bite him in September of 2017 when, after offering a "bounty" payment for a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair, his bail was revoked and he was put behind bars pending sentencing. Shkreli said he has counseled fellow inmates and taught classes on finance and mathematics. When he finally had a chance to address the judge, he cried as he explained that "poor judgment led me here". "Not once does Shkreli acknowledge that he lied to investors and committed fraud", prosecutors said.

Appearing before Congress in 2016, Shkreli had airly dismissed pleas from lawmakers, repeatedly exercising his right to remain silent.

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