How the mighty bros have fallen. Famous “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli is basically begging for his life, in a letter to the judge sentencing him on March 9 in a case filed against him last year.
Shkreli was convicted of cheating investors in two hedge funds last August as the CEO of a pharmaceuticals company. You may know him from such hits as “raising the price of a lifesaving AIDS drug by a factor of 56,” and “making veiled online threats about Hillary Clinton.”
It was the latter that convinced a judge to send Shkreli back to jail after being out on bail.
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Shkreli’s letter reads like the most plaintive of lyrics from the saddest of Les Mis songs.
“I was wrong, I was a fool. I should have known better,” he said in the letter. I accept the fact that I made serious mistakes, but I still believe that I am a good person with much potential. I have learned a harsh lesson,” he said. “The trial and six months in a maximum security prison has been a frightening wake-up call. I now understand how I need to change… if you find it appropriate to impose a sentence that does not include an extended period of incarceration,” Shkreli wrote, “I will do my absolute best to use my skills and whatever talents I have been blessed with for the betterment of humanity.”
Cue the tiny violins.