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Here is what has happened : 

  • SBF’s 300-month incarceration;
  • The tailwind of the proceedings;
  • The defense says SBF intended no harm.

Sam Bankman-Fried’s Sentence

In a courtroom packed to the brim, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan sentenced the Former CEO of FTX exchange Sam Bankman-Fried to 25 years of jail time for counts of fraud and conspiracy. For a man who committed one of history’s largest financial crimes, the prosecutors were advocating for a 50-year sentence. The federal judge, however, prescribed a lesser sentence but one far more heinous than what the defense had requested.

A lot could happen in 25 years but SBF will miss them all when he walks out of prison at 57. Thanks to the internet, he might have a picture of how the world looks when he walks out. It won’t get worse like the banker, Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption who arrives  in prison at 30 and walks out at 57 only to meet a world that got itself in a ‘big damn hurry’.


Kaplan highlighted that FTX customers had an $8 billion shortfall, while investors and lenders lost $1.7 billion and $1.3 billion respectively. According to the judge, Sam Bankman failed to demonstrate responsibility for the disaster he caused. 

SBF’s Defense

However, the former CEO’s defense attorney Mark Mukasey described a contrasting image of SBF where he argued that his actions were not intended to cause harm nor were they driven by any predatory intent that is characteristic of most other high-profile financial criminals like Holocaust fraudstars. As per Mukasey, SBF’s decisions were founded on mathematical calculations and therefore lacked the bateful character of a financial serial killer.

He knew it was criminal. He regrets that he made a very bad bet about the likelihood of getting caught. But he is not going to admit a thing, as is his right.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan

The attorney also tried to get the court to be aware of Bankman-Fried’s engagement with court procedures to the very end without absconding so that he could see to it that all FTX customers would be made whole again. The defense’s statement was meant to humanize the former CEO and separate his case from other incidents of financial fraud by suggesting his actions, although severe, were inherently not driven by malice. Mukasey weighed in, acknowledging that the victims had indeed undergone a lot of suffering but expressed a commitment to appeal the verdict.

Sam’s Statement

While addressing the court, Sam Bankman-Fried made quite a sad reflection on his future by accepting the fact of not being able to provide any meaningful contribution to society due to the length of his incarceration.

He gave this statement before getting the sentence but acknowledged it could be anywhere from 5 years. The convicted ex-CEO was also conscious of the perception of his actions in the eyes of the people and the role of the media, the court, and the prosecutors in misinterpreting them. 

Nonetheless, he still shared his hope of customers being made whole again, something he admitted to having failed to do. In his judgment, Judge Kaplan said he believed much of SBF’s public rhetoric was only a performance meant for obtaining power and influence. The culmination of the proceedings was the judge delivering a sentence of 240 months, and a consecutive 60 months, equivalent to 25 years in jail.

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The impact of this sentencing marks a significant event in the regulation of cryptocurrencies, the responsibility of business leaders in the space, the role of compliance oversight and the future of the industry. A proceeding like Sam Bankman-Fried’s might serve as the benchmark for navigating the sophisticated intersection of finance, technology and policy.

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