'Pharma bro' Martin Shkreli begs judge for a short prison term

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli has asked for leniency in his upcoming sentencing by telling a judge that he has 'learned a very painful lesson' and used his 'fame and achievements' to help others while incarcerated, court documents reveal.

Shkreli's lawyers argued that the disgraced pharmaceutical executive is a 'kind person' who helped an 11-month-old baby get medicine, comforted a rape victim, and educated fellow inmates in jail, according to a memorandum obtained by DailyMail.com. 

The 34-year-old faces up to 20 years in prison on March 9 after being convicted of defrauding investors in two hedge funds he ran - MSMB Capital and MSMB Healthcare - and of securities fraud in connection with his drug company, Retrophin.

In a memorandum filed on Tuesday, Shkreli's layers asked Judge Kiyo Matsumoto for a much shorter sentence of 12 to 18 months, followed by court-mandated therapy and 2,000 hours of community service.

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli has asked for leniency ahead of his March 9 sentencing. He said he has 'learned a very painful lesson' and used his 'fame and achievements' to help others while incarcerated, court documents reveal

'Pharma Bro' Martin Shkreli has asked for leniency ahead of his March 9 sentencing. He said he has 'learned a very painful lesson' and used his 'fame and achievements' to help others while incarcerated, court documents reveal

Shkreli, 34, faces up to 20 years in prison after being convicted of defrauding investors in two hedge funds he ran - MSMB Capital and MSMB Healthcare - and of securities fraud in connection with a drug company he founded, Retrophin

Shkreli, 34, faces up to 20 years in prison after being convicted of defrauding investors in two hedge funds he ran - MSMB Capital and MSMB Healthcare - and of securities fraud in connection with a drug company he founded, Retrophin

His family members, colleagues, friends and people he met on the internet all wrote Judge Matsumoto asking for a light prison term.

Friends and relatives describe Shkreli - who was dubbed by many as the 'Most Hated Man in America before his arrest - as a 'caring intellectual' who was a 'sparkle of a smile' and an 'inspiration' to fellow inmates.

His lawyers argue that Shkreli has 'worked tirelessly' to ensure investors received positive returns on investments and that if he's released, he could continue developing 'treatments to horrific diseases that have been overlooked by larger companies'.

Attached to the memorandum are more than 50 letters from friends, relatives and colleagues wishing for Shkreli's release.

Also attached is a letter from Shkreli himself, asking the judge for a shortened incarceration at the sentencing.

'I maintain that I never intended to actually harm anyone,' he wrote to the judge. 'I am not trying to be defiant or obstinate. I accept the fact that I made serious mistakes, but I still believe that I am a good person with much potential.'

He said that prison was 'the most frightening experience' he had ever faced, but it also gave him the opportunity 'to see a side of the world seldom seen or discussed'.

Shkreli has been held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since December after violating bail conditions. 

He wrote in his letter: 'I try my best to set a good example for these individuals too, knowing my fame and achievements were something they might know of, and I try my best to explain that in order to have a chance to succeed, they had to make a serious commitment to lifelong education and move far away from poisonous surroundings and attitudes that lead to a temptation to cut corners and commit crimes.'

Shkreli was out on bail during his trial last year.

In a memorandum filed on Tuesday, Shkreli's layers asked for a much shorter sentence of 12 to 18 months, followed by court-mandated therapy and 2,000 hours of community service

In a memorandum filed on Tuesday, Shkreli's layers asked for a much shorter sentence of 12 to 18 months, followed by court-mandated therapy and 2,000 hours of community service

Shkreli's lawyers argued that the disgraced pharmaceutical executive was a 'kind person' who helped an 11-month-old baby get medicine, comforted a rape victim, according to a memorandum exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com

Shkreli's lawyers argued that the disgraced pharmaceutical executive was a 'kind person' who helped an 11-month-old baby get medicine, comforted a rape victim, according to a memorandum exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com

But he was jailed in December for violating his bail conditions sharing a post on Facebook in which he offered a $5,000 bounty to anyone who could get a lock of 's hair while she was on a book tour.

'The Clinton Foundation is willing to KILL to protect its secrets. So on HRC's book tour, try to grab a hair from her... Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained,' the Facebook post said.

Ahead of his bail violation, Shkreli was notorious for his outspoken personality and often clashed with his critics on Twitter.

Prosecutors pointed to several Twitter and Facebook postings by Shkreli that they said were harassing to women.  

Twitter banned him from its platform in January 2017 for harassing a female journalist, another incident prosecutors cited in their motion to revoke his bail. 

In his letter to the judge ahead of his sentencing, Shkreli said he is an 'irreverent and free-wheeling individual' who is willing to speak his mind.

'I am an individual who prizes equal rights, scholastic achievement and individuality,' he wrote. 'Please understand that when I get into a public war of words with someone, my comments do not always reflect my true nature.

'Sadly, when I get dragged into a mud fight, I often dive in, head first.'

He added that he 'regrets' that his temper rises when he gets 'angry or betrayed'.

Friends described him as a businessman who takes time to care for people facing health crises and an educator who spends hours teaching investment and chemistry courses online and in jail.

'I can undoubtedly say that Martin has been the most positive and influential part of my experience here thus far,' inmate Lamark Mulligan said of his time with Shkreli in jail.

People who befriended Shkreli on the internet claim he helped them research medications for rare diseases and gave them 'a sense of hope'.

In his letter to the judge ahead of his sentencing, Shkreli said he is a 'good person with much potential' 

In his letter to the judge ahead of his sentencing, Shkreli said he is a 'good person with much potential' 

He says in the letter that he is an 'irreverent and free-wheeling individual' who is willing to speak his mind. He also claims, however, that he has been 'characterized totally incorrectly at trial by some who are biased'

He says in the letter that he is an 'irreverent and free-wheeling individual' who is willing to speak his mind. He also claims, however, that he has been 'characterized totally incorrectly at trial by some who

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