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Bankman-Fried Speaks His Mind, Expresses Remorse After 25-Year Prison Sentence

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, once celebrated in the cryptocurrency community, now faces the aftermath of his role in the catastrophic collapse of FTX, a saga that has seen him sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.

Following his conviction on charges of fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy, Bankman-Fried expressed remorse for the first time over the Easter weekend.

In a series of emails exchanged with ABC News, Bankman-Fried expressed regret for his actions, acknowledging the despair and frustration felt by the thousands of former customers of FTX.

Despite claiming to have always acted in good faith, Bankman-Fried admitted to falling short of his own standards, stating, “I never thought that what I was doing was illegal. I tried to hold myself to a high standard, and I certainly didn’t meet that standard.”

Bankman-Fried’s attempt to justify his actions as those of a bad manager rather than a criminal fell short at his trial. While he insisted that there was no criminal intent behind his decisions, the jury disagreed, leading to his lengthy sentence.

Even as Bankman-Fried expressed empathy for his firm’s former customers and a desire to make amends, his words were met with skepticism.

John J. Ray III, FTX’s new CEO, dismissed Bankman-Fried’s claims of remorse, stating, “The remorse is nonexistent. Effective altruism, at least as lived by Samuel Bankman-Fried, was a lie.”

Despite Bankman-Fried’s assertions that the company had enough assets to repay its debts, the reality remains bleak. Ray III has struggled to recover enough assets to fully compensate creditors, although the recent bull run in the crypto market has provided some relief.

Bankman-Fried’s decision to appeal his conviction further extends the timeline for resolution in his case. He alleges that the law firm representing FTX’s new ownership played a negative role in his trial, contributing to what he perceives as an unjust outcome.

As Bankman-Fried prepares to serve his sentence, the repercussions of his actions continue to reverberate throughout the cryptocurrency industry. His downfall serves as a cautionary tale, highlighting the risks inherent in the unregulated world of digital assets.

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