A Brooklyn federal judge dismissed the tearful plea for mercy from “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli and sentenced him Friday to seven years in prison for defrauding investors.
Shkreli, a snarky social media maven who infamously tried to squeeze AIDS patients by jacking up the price of a life-saving drug, wept as he apologized to the investors.
“This is my fault,” he said. “I am not the victim here… Please give me a chance to show what I’m capable of.”
But Judge Kiyo Matsumoto, who had the court officer pass Shkreli a box of tissues at one point, was unmoved by his pleading, although the sentence she handed out was far less than the 15 years prosecutors had been seeking.