Prosecutors want Shkreli thrown in jail now after Facebook threat
Martin Shkreli has a talent for getting into trouble at exactly the wrong time.
Facing up to 20 years in prison after being convicted on three felony fraud charges, the feds now want Shkreli thrown into jail until sentencing, citing a post of his on Facebook offering $5,000 to anyone who would grab a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair during her book tour.
Shkreli, who’s made a practice out of such bad boy antics with a myriad of online taunts and threats, promised to take it down quickly, then dawdled until Wednesday, according to a report on Reuters. So late Thursday, prosecutors called for jail.
“Shkreli has engaged in an escalating pattern of threats and harassment that warrant his detention pending sentencing,” prosecutors said in a filing in Brooklyn federal court late on Thursday, reports Reuters.
U.S. District Judge Kiyo Matsumoto will consider it next week, while Shkreli’s attorney Benjamin Brafman brushed off his client’s latest actions saying that Shkreli may have acted inappropriately but that he never intended anyone harm.
That’s essentially the nub of the entire defense case built to keep Shkreli out of prison.