Now, McFarland has been sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Buchwald to six years in prison on multiple accounts of fraud. "Let's just do it and be legends, man", a marketing executive for the festival reportedly said as the event's imminent catastrophe became increasingly evident.
The New York Times reports that investigators concluded that the 26-year-old "had defrauded investors in his company, Fyre Media, as well as a subsidiary that had promoted the music festival, resulting in $24 million in losses".
"The remorse I feel is crushing", McFarland said to the NY district courtoom. Once there, it was clear they had been duped out of the experience promised by McFarland and his numerous celebrity endorsers-Ja Rule, Bella Hadid, Kylie Jenner-as a part of his elaborate ticket scam.
The Fyre Festival, which was supposed to be a posh event in the Bahamas in April and May of 2016. "I lived every day with the weight of knowing that I literally destroyed the lives of my friends and family".
McFarland's legal team asked for leniency during his sentencing as he was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder, claiming he wasn't fully aware of his wrong doings.
He pleaded guilty in July to two more counts of fraud after that arrest.
"McFarland is unique in this court's memory for starting the NYC VIP Access while awaiting trial, then thinking he could 'talk his way out, '" Judge Buchwald said.
Outcome of Sound Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland is facing a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit from ticket-holders.
It's not the end of McFarland's legal woes: there are a number of class action lawsuits against himself and Fyre Media that are now waiting to be heard.