"The trial and six months in a maximum-security prison [awaiting sentencing] has been a frightening wake-up call".
"He's a man", the prosecutor said. "He can't just be an average person who fails, like the rest of us.He needs to be mythical; he needs to be larger than life". According to prosecutors, Shkreli "engaged in multiple schemes to ensnare investors through a web of lies and deceit".
Shkreli's defence attorneys disputed all of the charges and attempted to sway the jury with a simple rebuttal: his investors were wealthy and sophisticated and he ultimately made them richer. Shkreli also had to give up $7.3 million he had in a brokerage account and personal assets, including his one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album.
In handing down the seven-year term, Judge Kiyo Matsumoto remarked that the sentence was "not about Mr Shkreli's self-cultivated public persona ... nor his controversial statements about politics or culture", but merely reflected the "serious" crime he committed.
Shkreli said he made "gross, stupid and negligent mistakes", and that while he disagrees with the picture the prosecution painted of him, "I am not going to be baited into going into the mud". In August 2017, he was convicted of securities fraud during his time running a hedge fund. "White collar offenders like Mr. Shkreli use their intelligence and acumen to elude detection", she said.
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Appearing before Congress in 2016, Shkreli had airly dismissed pleas from lawmakers, repeatedly exercising his right to remain silent.
But even after becoming one of the most hated men in America, Shkreli managed to pull off a spectacular fall from grace, when he was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on fraud charges, relating to his hedge fund businesses.
Matsumoto revoked his $5 million bail in September and sent him to jail. "I don't think the real me is a collage of voyeuristic and Orwellian snippets collected over the years", he said.
"There is so much more I want to do, and I will do it, the right way", Shkreli said, while starting to break into tears.
Unapologetic from the beginning, when he was roundly publicly criticised for defending the 5,000% price increase of Daraprim - a previously cheap drug used to treat HIV - Shkreli seemed to drift through his criminal case as if it was one big joke.
Shkreli's high-profile legal saga is also not yet over.