His own lawyer confessed to wanting to punch him in the face sometimes.
The pharmaceutical executive apologized to investors he defrauded in a securities fraud conviction. He corresponded with journalists, ridiculing the personal appearance of one female reporter who asked him for an interview.
Martin Shkreli, the notorious "Pharma Bro" who raised the price of a potentially life-saving drug used by AIDS patients 5,000%, was sentenced Friday in a NY federal court to seven years for defrauding investors in two failed hedge funds. "I know right from wrong".
"I look back and I'm embarrassed and ashamed", he told the court. He said being behind bars is "both the most frightening experience of my life but also an opportunity for me to see a side of the world seldom seen or discussed". "I took down Martin Shkreli, with my shameful and disgraceful actions".
In the end, U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto gave him a sentence that fell well short of the 15 years prosecutors wanted but was a lot longer than the 18 months his lawyer asked for.
He was also fined $75,000 and received credit for the roughly six months he has been in prison. He was convicted in August of lying to his hedge fund investors and manipulating shares of a biotech company of his. He says his client has made his job more hard by his online outbursts, but he shouldn't be punished for that.
During his sentencing on Friday in Brooklyn federal court, Shkreli, 34, broke into tears and pleaded with the judge for leniency.
He continued: "She has great discretion as to the sentence she imposes; she could recognise that he is a first offender and give him modest time". And she quoted one piece of correspondence in which he wrote: "F-- the feds".
Judge Matsumoto rejected the argument and on Monday ordered Shkreli to forfeit almost $7.4 million in assets.
In a sentencing memorandum for Shkreli last month, defense attorney Benjamin Brafman used character references written by Shkreli's friends and family to paint his client as a complex and altruistic, if impulsive and social media-obsessed savant.
"It's like the kids today who hit send before they really understand what they texted", Brafman said.
Prosecutors have painted a more sinister view, however, of Shkreli's activities. "He's not a teenager who just needs some mentoring".
Shkreli is best known for a 2015 price-gouging scandal involving a decades-old drug that his company acquired.
Shkreli seemed to treat the case like a big joke. "Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton", he said.
Shkreli had been free on bail until a judge jailed him for offering a $5,000 bounty to anyone who could get a lock of Hillary Clinton's hair previous year.
The price hike sparked a public backlash that landed him on Capitol Hill, testifying about drug prices. And she noted that Shkreli's family and friends "state, nearly universally, that he is kind and misunderstood" and willing to help others in need.
Emphasizing this lack of remorse, the government noted how Shkreli replied in an email from jail to an acquaintance who suggested he apologize "for being a dick".
Some of the letters sent to the court on his behalf were as quirky as the defendant himself. One woman described how she became an avid follower of Shkreli's social media commentary about science, the pharmaceutical industry, but mostly, about himself.