Who is Martin Shkreli 'the most hated man in America'?

Martin Shkreli the 'Pharma Bro' jailed for seven years

If you think I'm being hard on "Pharma Bro", that's literally how the Associated Press describes him in their report on his sentencing after being convicted for securities fraud for defrauding investors on two failed hedge funds.

Martin Shkreli told a federal court that he understands his mistakes and begged forgiveness from the investors he lied to, saying, "I am terribly sorry I lost your trust".

Attorney Benjamin Brafman wants U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto to sentence the former pharmaceutical company CEO known for trolling critics on the internet to 18 months in prison.

"I'm one of the richest New Yorkers there is, and after today's outcome, it's going to stay that way", he said.

Assistant US attorney Jacquelyn Kasulis said Mr Brafman was trying to portray Shkreli as a "child".

She said it was clear he is a "tremendously gifted individual who has the capacity for kindness".

A month after his conviction, Matsumoto revoked Shkreli's $5 million bail and threw him behind bars after he offered a $5,000 bounty on Facebook for a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair.

Last August, Shkreli was convicted on three of eight counts of securities and wire fraud by a federal court in Brooklyn. Estimates are that Shkreli, 34, might get out in a couple of years if his behavior is good.

"Whatever adverse media attention he has brought upon himself with his online presence is ... not before me", she said.

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The assets that Shkreli would be required to hand over include his one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album, called "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin".

Turing obtained the manufacturing licence for the anti-parasitic drug Daraprim, raising its price from $13.50 (£10) to $750 (£540) per pill.

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".

While awaiting sentencing, Shkreli boasted that he would end up serving hardly any time and what time he did serve would be in the relatively posh environs of a "Club Fed" prison for white collar criminals.

Shkreli also withdrew hundreds of thousands of dollars from the funds, far more than was permitted by the partnership agreements.

Matsumoto awarded credit for six months Shkreli has already served while awaiting his sentence.

"He shouldn't be sentenced simply for being Martin Shkreli", defense lawyer Ben Brafman said.

Some of his supporters sent letters asking Matsumoto not to lay down a harsh sentence.

Earlier, choking back tears, Shkreli read a prepared statement that was at times deeply remorseful and at times defiant at how the government portrayed his actions.

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