Before sentencing, Madoff addressed the courtroom:
"I'm responsible for a great deal of suffering and pain, I understand that," Mr. Madoff told the court. "I live in a tormented state now, knowing all of the pain and suffering that I've created. I've left a legacy of shame, as some of my victims have pointed out, to my family and my grandchildren."
Addressing his victims seated in the courtroom, he said: "I will turn and face you. I'm sorry. I know that doesn't help you."
But after hearing a succession of Madoff's victims plead for a harsh sentence, Judge Denny Chin rejected the Madoff team's pleas for leniency, including their (preposterous) suggestion of a 12-year sentence.
Bernie Madoff will now die in jail.