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Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried sentenced to 25 years in federal prison

TL;DR

  • FTX’s ex-CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried, gets 25 years for felony charges.
  • Bankman-Fried says he didn’t know his actions were illegal but regrets investor losses.
  • Legal team to appeal, but he faces lengthy jail time, showing crypto’s risks.

In the federal court of the Southern District of New York, a federal judge, Judge Lewis Kaplan, handed Sam Bankman-Fried a 25-year prison sentence as punishment for his financial crimes. A three-month sentence is due after Bankman-Fried was convicted on seven felony counts tied to his affair with the failed cryptocurrency exchange FTX.

Conviction and sentencing

The convicted crypto exchange tycoon, “SBF” of Sam Bankman-Fried, has been lodged at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn since the dawn of August 2023. This day, the 28th of March, 2024, is an important mark in the legal process against him, just as it serves as a day to mark the completion of the court trial. Bankman-Fried has retained his innocence because he committed related crimes emanating from the FTX collapse in November 2022.

ABC News labeled a question sent to Bankman-Fried via email by the senior financial expert. Bankman-Fried said he regretted the consequences of his decisions but never thought his actions were illegal. He confessed, “I never thought what I did was illegal, even in my wildest dreams. I am haunted daily as I now think about what was wasted.” 

He maintained that his sole purpose was not to harm anyone (physically and financially). Saddam Husein: “I never intended to hurt anyone or take anyone’s money,” but many of his responses were deflecting the responsibility to his “bad decisions” rather than intentional “wrongdoing.”

Prospects and legal proceedings

Impressive fines and sentences of time imprisonment were set, although Bankman Fried’s appeal was a possibility, claim his lawyers. As of writing this moment, no formal appeal has been attempted yet. It is not clear as of now whether the last stage, i.e., the appeal process, will successfully uncover any new evidence or arguments and whether or not they will affect the outcome of the case.

FTX accounting for a high-profile breakdown is one more aspect of the long story on which the years-long imprisonment of Sam Bankman-Fried to 25 years in federal prison marks a turning point. Whereas Bankman-Fried claims his innocence, the justice system has passed its judgment, and as a result, he has been sentenced to a lengthy jail term. In addition, the repercussions of his actions touch his own and involve the investors, the consumers, and the cryptocurrency world at large. While the case proceeds, the legal aspect of the situation becomes a womanizing factor for future digital eras.

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Ibrahim Abdulaziz

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