The smirk wiped from his face, a crying Martin Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison for securities fraud Friday in a hard fall for the pharmaceutical-industry bad boy vilified for jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug.
Shkreli, the boyish-looking, 34-year-old entrepreneur dubbed the “Pharma Bro” for his loutish behavior, was handed his punishment after a hearing in which he and his attorney struggled with limited success to make him a sympathetic figure. His own lawyer confessed to wanting to punch him in the face sometimes.
This guy isn’t alone. Most people lack the decency of a guilty conscience and only feel sorrow when their sins come home to roost in judgment. They aren’t sorry for what they’ve done- they’re sorry they have been caught.
Sentence tears are pointless tears. If you want to shed tears that mean something, shed them moments after your sin. Those are repentant tears and they’re the only tears of regret that matter.