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“There are some bright sides.” Shkreli wrote in the letter “I am teaching these prisoners some new things and hopefully some ways to change their lives.”
Shkreli’s friend Lisa Whisnant told the New York Post she publicized the letter to let the world know that he was doing okay, and to help him obtain books to share with other inmates
“He seems to be handling it with typical Shkreli style,” she said. “He brings people together and shares his knowledge. Martin was meant to be a teacher. He loves it. He’s a natural.”
She noted that not everything in the letter was positive.
“He says he has a small uncomfortable bed, and his sleep quality is very low,” said Whisnant.
Shkreli was sent to the prison in September after Judge Kiyo Matsumoto revoked his $5 million dollar bond. Before that, he was free, biding his time until his January sentencing on securities-fraud convictions. But on Sept. 4 the former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO posted on Facebook that he would pay $5,000 for strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair.
“On HRC’s book tour, try and grab a hair from her,” urged the post. “I must confirm the sequences I have. Will pay $5,000 per hair obtained from Hillary Clinton.”
Shkreli claimed the post was a joke but Judge Matsumoto wasn’t buying it. He labeled Shkreli a “danger to society” and revoked his bond.
Despite being referred to consistently as “The most hated man in America” Whisnant feels her friend is misunderstood.
“He’s trying to help others.” she said, “Martin is a good guy really,”
Shkreli’s sentencing is set for Jan. 16, at which time he could very well be sent to a different facility. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.
H/T New York Post
David Britton is a writer and comedian based in Rhinebeck, New York who focuses on internet culture, memes, and viral news stories. He also writes for the Hard Times and is the creator of StoriesAboutWizards.com.