Martin Shkreli sentenced to seven years in prison for fraud

Martin Shkreli Cried at Sentencing

Martin Shkreli, the former drug company executive who made headlines by jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug before he was found guilty of defrauding investors, was sentenced to seven years and a $75,000 fine on Friday.

His high-profile lawyer, Ben Brafman, described Shkreli as a mildly autistic, self-taught genius and asked USA district judge Kiyo Matsumoto to limit the prison sentence to a maximum of 18 months.

Is "Pharma Bro" Martin Shkreli (SHKREL'-ee) a manipulator who conned wealthy investors or a misunderstood eccentric who made those same investors even wealthier? This is my fault. "I am not a victim here". He was banned from Twitter for harassing journalist Lauren Duca, and drew the ire of music fans after he purchased a one of a kind Wu-Tang Clan album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

Shkreli insisted he was being persecuted by prosecutors for being outspoken and confidently predicted after his conviction that he was unlikely to be sentenced to jail. "There's no conspiracy to take down Martin Shkreli".

Lawyers for the government had requested a 15-year minimum sentence, more than double the jail time ultimately imposed by Matsumoto.

Shkreli had also spoken about buying Lil B's then-unreleased Black Ken mixtape before reportedly acquiring Lil Wayne's endlessly delayed Tha Carter V LP. His bail was removed after he took to social media and offered a $5,000 bounty to anyone who could get a lock of Hillary Clinton's hair.

"There are times when I want to hold him and hug him", he said.

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The 34-year-old said: "There one person to blame for me being here today is me". "The "real" Martin Shkreli may not be known to anyone save himself", the prosecution said.

"He is a good person, judge, not a ideal person". "Not once does Shkreli acknowledge that he lied to investors and committed fraud", prosecutors said.

In his tearful statement to the court, the man worth an estimated $27 million said his actions had nothing to do with money.

Earlier this week, Shkreli was ordered to forfeit almost $7.4 million in assets, including the one-of-a-kind Wu Tang Clan album he purchased in 2015 for $2 million.

Shkreli wasn't being tried for price-gouging sick people on drugs or being a generally irredeemable garbage person, he was being tried for fraud and - forgive us this moment of clarity - we've seen waaaay worse in that department.

Nonetheless, the judge said, the sentence must be severe enough to make clear "that fraud and manipulation are serious offenses that will incur correspondibly serious penalties".

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