Fyre Festival Promoter Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

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Billy McFarland

Billy McFarland's lawyer had urged leniency, saying the disgraced promoter suffers from mental illness that includes delusional beliefs that his talents will lead to "fame and fortune."

The promoter of a botched, highly publicized music festival in the Bahamas has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Billy McFarland was sentenced on Thursday in Manhattan federal court.

McFarland has twice pleaded guilty to charges. First, he admitted earlier this year he defrauded investors in the 2017 Fyre Festival. Then, weeks later, he pleaded guilty to charges in a ticket-selling scam.

Prosecutors had sought over 15 years in prison.

His lawyer had urged leniency, saying McFarland suffers from mental illness that includes delusional beliefs that his talents will lead to "fame and fortune."