‘Pharma Bro’ Martin Shkreli tearfully begs for ‘your honor’s mercy’ at sentencing
Drew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli broke down at his sentencing on Friday, sobbing as he begged a New York court for “your honor’s mercy.”
Shkreli, 34, apologized for his “disgraceful judgment” and dispensed with his prior criticisms of the court and his conviction.
“The only person to blame for me being here is me,” he said. “There is no government conspiracy to take down Martin Shkreli. I took down Martin Shkreli with my disgraceful and shameful actions.”
Shkreli, a former pharmaceuticals CEO who first became infamous for hiking the price of a lifesaving HIV drug, was convicted of securities fraud and now faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced.
His persona — cultivated online, before Congress and with the decision to hike the price of the drug Daraprim — led his own defense attorney Benjamin Brafman to concede that “there are times I want to punch him in the face.” But the judge assured the court that the “Daraprim pricing is not an issue.”
The defense insisted Shkreli, despite his infamous antics, is a “good person” who “cannot always control awkward, inappropriate behaviors.”
Prosecutors said plainly that Shkreli “stole money for his own benefit,” and they called it “absurd” to cast Shkreli as some misunderstood child genius.
“He’s a man,” the prosecutor said. “He’s no better than any other fraudster.”
Shkreli has been behind bars since September, when a judge found he broke the terms of his bail by offering social media followers money for a hair sample from then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
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