facebook_pixel

Billy McFarland Given 6 Year Prison Sentence

Billy McFarland Given 6 Year Prison Sentence

Last year, Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland was arrested for his role in the now-infamous Bahamas debacle. Now, following his recent guilty plea, the 27-year-old has been sentenced.

Appearing in a Manhattan federal court earlier today, McFarland received a six-year prison sentence as punishment for two counts of wire fraud. Prosecutors originally looked to hand him a 15-year sentence, while his lawyer urged the judge to be lenient due to the “mental illnesses” he allegedly suffers from; according to his legal representatives, that affliction gave him delusions of “fame and fortune.”

“Today, McFarland found out the hard way that empty promises don’t lead to jet-setting, champagne and extravagant parties – they lead to federal prison,” shared US Attorney for Manhattan, Geoffrey Berman.

“The defendant is a serial fraudster and to date his fraud, like a circle, has no end,”Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said upon sentencing. “Mr. McFarland has been dishonest most of his life.”

McFarland called the sentence an “extremely bitter reality.”



Enter Your Email

Find out how you can increase your chances. 

We value your privacy. Your information will not be shared*