Early Release Shock
Holmes began serving her 11-year, 3-month sentence at a minimum-security, all-female federal prison camp in Bryan, Texas, on May 30. However, recent information from the Federal Bureau of Prisons suggests that she may serve only nine years, reducing her sentence by two years.
The Bureau of Prisons spokesperson confirmed that Holmes has a projected release date of December 29, 2032. Although they did not provide specific details due to privacy and security concerns, they mentioned that inmates can earn good conduct time, which affects their release dates.
Elizabeth Holmes' conviction stems from defrauding investors of millions of dollars through her blood-testing company, Theranos. Once hailed as a groundbreaking company with a valuation of over $9 billion, Theranos attracted high-profile investors and renowned board members.
The downfall of Theranos came in 2015 with the release of multiple reports exposing the company's technological limitations and inaccurate results. Investigative journalist John Carreyrou played a pivotal role in uncovering the truth, leading to a loss of trust and legal consequences for Holmes.
Theranos, the controversial healthcare startup, garnered investments from renowned figures like Rupert Murdoch, Betsy DeVos, the Walton family, and Larry Ellison. Its prestigious board of directors included George Shultz, Henry Kissinger, James Mattis, and William H. Foege, according to Business Insider.
On November 18, 2022, Holmes was sentenced to 11 years and three months in prison. During her trial, she expressed remorse and took responsibility for her actions, acknowledging the harm caused to investors and patients who put their trust in Theranos.