Martin Shkreli, one of the most lied about men in America, was released early from federal prison to a halfway home on Wednesday for good behavior.
“Picked up this guy hitchhiking. Says he’s famous,” Shkreli’s friend announced on Twitter.
“Getting out of real prison is easier than getting out of Twitter prison,” Shkreli commented on his Facebook account.
Notorious “Pharma bro” fraudster Martin Shkreli was released from a federal prison in Pennsylvania on Wednesday and into a U.S. Bureau of Prisons halfway house at an undisclosed location in New York to complete the rest of his criminal sentence, his lawyer said.
[…] Shkreli, a New York City resident who was convicted of securities fraud in 2017, previously was due to be released from the Allenwood low-security federal correctional institution on Sept. 14.
Shkreli was sentenced to 7 years in prison in March 2018. His release slightly more than four years after that sentencing reflects the credit he received for good behavior in prison, and for completing education and rehabilitation programs while locked up.
It also reflects the fact that Shkreli already had spent nearly six months in jail before he was sentenced. A federal judge revoked his release bond in September 2017, two months after his conviction, after he offered Facebook followers a $5,000 bounty for samples of Hillary Clinton’s hair.
Shkreli was originally sent to a “fortress-like” federal prison in Brooklyn, New York with terrorism and mob suspects after a judge declared him a “danger to society” for making jokes about Hillary Clinton.
Shkreli was then locked in solitary confinement (a form of torture) for allegedly trying to run his business from prison. He was later moved to a low-security federal prison in Allenwood, Pennsylvania to serve out his sentence.
Elon Musk should give Shkreli his Twitter account back and appoint him the head of the Trust and Safety Council.