Earlier today, a federal judge sentenced Madoff to 150 years in prison — the maximum sentence. Madoff’s attorneys had requested a 12-year sentence, citing his age of 71 years. But the seemingly endless sentence handed down today speaks to the seriousness of Madoff’s crimes, and there was reportedly applause in the courtroom when Judge Denny Chin announced his decision. Now, he will definitely be in jail for the rest of his life.
Prior to the handing down of his sentence, Madoff was confronted by a number of his victims, who spoke of their experiences after losing their life savings in the investor’s scheme. Of course, the New York — and international — media was there to capture it. Here are some stories currently circulating the Web (and we’ll bring you tomorrow’s front pages as well, which are no doubt going to be Madoff-heavy).