The defense had asked for 6.5 to 8 years on account of 1) the fact that, they say, Raj only made $7.4 million off his trades and 2) the "unique constellation of ailments ravaging his body" that would result in him dying behind bars if given a sentence "anywhere near" the prosecution's request for 19.5 to 24 years.
While it's possible that his little brother's e-mailing initiative paid dividends, the judge apparently went for less time (plus a $10 million fine) owing in part to the work Raj has done in Sri Lanka and on account of his diabetes and need for a kidney transplant. The big guy will be reporting to prison on November 28 (his team is hoping for Butner, where Bernie's been shacking up), so in addition to looking for a willing organ donor, he'll likely be making these last 6 weeks count. Blowout Halloween party? Check. Face-painting in Zuccotti Park? Check. Deep-fried Thanksgiving Turducken? Try 12. Visits to every Lululemon store the ankle monitoring bracelet will allow? Surprised you had to ask.