Jury Deliberations Continue In Martin Shkreli Securities Fraud Trial
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Martin Shkreli Found Guilty Of Fraud, Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison

Martin Shkreli gained notoriety in 2015 after the then CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of a drug called Daraprim from $13.50 a pill to $750 overnight. Daraprim is a life-saving drug that is frequently used by AIDS and cancer patients. Now, the 34-year-old has been sentenced to seven years in prison on Friday (Mar. 9) for defrauding investors out of $10 million dollars, Buzzfeed reports.

On August 5, 2017, Shkreli was convicted on charges of securities fraud and conspiracy. Prosecutors admitted that many of his business practices amounted to nothing but a Ponzi scheme. Shkreli's behavior during the trial last year led the judge to call him out for his constant smirking; however, in court Friday during sentencing he seemed to bring a different energy as he broke into tears and asked the judge for leniency.

"I look back and I'm embarrassed and ashamed, I am terribly sorry," he said to the court, "I took down Martin Shkreli with my disgraceful and shameful actions."

The former pharmaceutical executive seemed to be in a much more humble space than he was last year. A month after his conviction Shkreli took to Facebook to threaten Hilary Clinton by offering $5,000 to any person who nabbed a strand of her hair during her book tour. His $5 million dollar bail was revoked immediately after and he has been awaiting his sentencing in prison ever since.

His attorney, Benjamin Brafman, upheld in court that he should not be sentenced "for being Martin Shkreli" and that he may be "socially awkward" but he's "an interesting man with great potential".

Assistant U.S. Attorney Alixandra Smith argued that Shkreli told "lies on lies" all to trick his investors out of millions.

Earlier this week, Shkreli was forced to forfeit $7.4 million dollars worth of assets to the federal court. Some of the items included including a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album, a Picasso painting, and an original copy of Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V.

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R. Kelly was a no-show in court today (April 24), after he was sent a summons to appear. Due to the singer's absence, the woman accusing him of sexual abuse in a civil case won by a default judgment. The judge presiding over the case determined that Kelly and his legal team ignored the woman's civil suit.

Per The Chicago Tribune, a woman who accused Kelly of sexually abusing her in the '90s filed a suit in February alleging that the musician had an inappropriate sexual relationship with her when she was 16 years old. She is now 36, and is identified in court documents at H.W.

Kelly was reportedly served the summons last month during his brief stint in a Cook County jail cell for missed child support payments. However, the woman's attorneys claim that he never filed an appearance in the lawsuit.

"Judge Moira Johnson granted the attorneys’ request Tuesday to enter a judgment against Kelly," the Tribune reports. "That could still be reversed if Kelly got an attorney involved in the suit. If that doesn’t happen, Kelly could be ordered to pay damages as soon as next month when the alleged victim is expected to testify about her allegations against the singer."

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