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Fyre Festival Founder Billy McFarland Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

By TheBlast Staff

Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland has been sentenced to six years in prison for his role in the failed festival.

The sentence was handed down Thursday morning in federal court in New York after McFarland had pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud back in March.

Prosecutors were seeking an eight-year prison sentence but the judge could have hit him with a 20-year sentence.

McFarland had pleaded with the court to not throw the book at him, claiming he suffers from bipolar disorder. He says his behavior had been in part fueled by a substantial pattern of severe alcohol abuse, perhaps as a form of self-medication for his bipolar disorder.

He sought a short prison sentence followed by a long period of supervised release with mental health treatment.

According to Vice News, the judge didn’t care about his plea, saying in court that being bipolar did not excuse McFarland’s behavior.

"It is my conclusion based on all the submissions that the defendant is a serial fraudster and that to date his fraud like a circle has no ending," the judge said.

McFarland was already ordered to pay $26 million in restitution.

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