On June 29, 2009, Bernard Madoff, who will go down as one of the most notorious Wall Street villains in history, was sentenced. He was 71 years old. U.S. Judge Denny Chin imposed a 150 year sentence. This article will address two points: 1) was that the maximum sentence? and 2) why would a federal court impose a sentence of 150 years upon a 71 year-old defendant?