A federal judge has just dealt a severe blow to disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti by sentencing the twice-convicted felon to four years in prison for defrauding his former client Stormy Daniels.
Avenatti is currently serving more than a two-year sentence for trying to shake down Nike.
A portion of Avenatti’s new sentence will be served concurrently with his Nike conviction so he will serve an additional two and a half years in prison.
However, this is the just tip of the iceberg for Avenatti.
He is currently facing much bigger charges in California.
Avenatti defrauded not only his law partners and the Federal Government but his clients too.
After winning a multi-million dollar settlement for a wheelchair-bound client, Avenatti stole the money and cost the man his one chance at an easier life.
Before the sentencing proceedings in the Stormy Daniels case, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman rejected Avenatti’s request to wear a suit in court.
Instead, he showed up in prison clothes to meet his fate.
Michael Avenatti receives 4-year prison term for defrauding client Stormy Daniels, the porn actor who catapulted him to fame, of hundreds of thousands of dollars in book proceeds. https://t.co/uHjIAqQ4AW
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Avenatti begged the judge for leniency before sentencing:
“I write to apologize to you for my actions and conduct.
“Over the last three years and especially over the last several months, I have had a significant amount of time to reflect on my life, our friendship, and my legal representation of you.
“It is obvious that I failed you in many respects and that I disappointed you and let you down in multiple ways.
“I disappointed several people and failed in a cataclysmic way.
“I will forever be branded a ‘disgraced lawyer’ and worse.”
“This is the conclusion of what—thanks to the pandemic—has been three years of investigating and prosecuting the defendant for a litany of crimes,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew D. Podolsky told the judge.
BREAKING: Michael Avenatti sentenced to 4 years in prison for defrauding Stormy Danielshttps://t.co/JnEUBt0KJs
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“Judge Sentences Michael Avenatti to Four Years in Prison: ‘Blind Ambition’ Preceded ‘Despicable’ Betrayal of Stormy Daniels”
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