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CNN and MSNBC’s favorite Trump-basher, Michael Avenatti, was just sentenced to four years in prison for defrauding Stormy Daniels over her book.
Unsurprisingly, the judge called Avenatti’s actions “craven and egregious”:
NEW: (AP) Michael Avenatti gets 4-year prison term for defrauding Stormy Daniels, porn actor he represented in battles with Donald Trump.
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) June 2, 2022
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
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 2, 2022
Michael Avenatti was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison for cheating client Stormy Daniels, the porn actor who catapulted him to fame, of hundreds of thousands of dollars in book proceeds.
The California lawyer, currently incarcerated, learned his fate in Manhattan federal court, where Judge Jesse M. Furman said the sentence will mean that Avenatti will spend another 2 1/2 years in prison on top of the 2 1/2 years he is already serving after another fraud conviction.
The judge said Avenatti’s crime against Daniels was made “out of desperation” when his law firm was struggling. He called Avenatti’s behavior “craven and egregious” and blamed it on “blind ambition.”
Prior to sentencing being announced, Avenatti, wearing his prison uniform, choked up several times as he delivered a lengthy statement, saying he had “disappointed scores of people and failed in a cataclysmic way.”
At trial earlier this year, Avenatti represented himself, cross-examining his former client for hours about their experiences in early 2018, when she signed a book deal that provided an $800,000 payout. Prosecutors said he illegally pocketed about $300,000 of her advance on “Full Disclosure,” published in fall 2018.
His conviction for aggravated identity theft required a mandatory two-year prison sentence. He’s already serving a 2 1/2-year sentence for trying to extort Nike. Avenatti was convicted of threatening to ruin the shoemaker’s reputation if it did not pay him up to $25 million.
And he faces a retrial in California on charges that he cheated clients and others of millions of dollars there.
I can’t think of a better man to serve time behind bars than Michael Avenatti. I know other Democrats seem to get away with so much these days, but I am at least happy to know that this liberal shyster is getting punished for his misdeeds. Because absolutely deserves everything he’s getting and there’s apparently more to come.