Sam Bankman-Fried’s Lawyers Seek Lenient Sentence

Proposed Sentence Limit

Sam Bankman-Fried’s (SBF) lawyers have requested a sentence of 63 to 78 months (5 to 6.5 years) in prison. This is significantly lower than the statutory maximum of over 100 years.

Arguments for Leniency

SBF’s lawyers argue that he deserves a lenient sentence due to:

  • His charitable work and commitment to others
  • The purpose of sentencing should be rehabilitation, not punishment
  • He is a “brilliant, complex, and humane” person who can contribute to society

Rejection of PSR

SBF’s lawyers have also requested that the court reject the Presentence Report (PSR), which recommended a 100-year sentence. They argue that this recommendation is “grotesque” and that SBF is not deserving of such a harsh punishment because:

  • He is a first-time, non-violent offender
  • He did not act alone in misappropriating FTX’s funds
  • Customers are expected to recover their money