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Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of disgraced health tech startup Theranos, has been sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after being found guilty of four counts of investor fraud and conspiracy, knowingly defrauding investors with her blood-testing technology. Associated Press.
Her ex-boyfriend and former business partner Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani was just given a three-week reprieve in sentencing, according to the Associated Presswhile officials try to figure out his punishment.
Elizabeth faced up to 20 years in prison, with prosecutors expected to seek a 15-year sentence. But people watching the trial noticed something that could affect her sentencing: The 38-year-old former CEO appeared to be visibly pregnant with her second child, making it her second pregnancy during the legal process.
As she awaited the verdict, the judge told her she could sit for the proceedings if she wanted, according to a tweet from NBC reporter Scott Budman.
The New York Times also found court filings stating that Elizabeth “became pregnant with her second child since her conviction.”
So… yes. It looks like Holmes will soon have baby no. 2 welcomed. Here’s what to know so far about Elizabeth Holmes’ descendants.
She is married to Billy Evans.
Elizabeth and Billy Evans, a 29-year-old hospitality heir, got hitched back in 2019. Billy had been into Elizabeth for a while, former associates said, and he proposed to her with his MIT signet ring, which was a big deal for him. “Billy and the MIT ring, they are inseparable. He always wore it on his pinky finger,” one of Billy’s former colleagues at Luminar Technologies told the New York Post.
The two reportedly met at a party in 2017 Elle, which was about a year before Theranos was dissolved. Two years later they married in a secret ceremony, Our Weekly say. He stuck with Elizabeth throughout her legal battle.
She announced her first pregnancy in March 2021.
When Elizabeth revealed she was expecting her first child, it delayed her criminal fraud trial until the end of August (the trial, BTW, has already been delayed three times during COVID), according to CNBC. Prosecutors were “frustrated” by her surprise appearance in July, and some people think she may have gotten pregnant to try to get a lighter sentence.
In fact, reporter Nick Bilton predicted on an episode of his podcast, Inside the Hive, that Elizabeth might become pregnant. “Holmes is going to get pregnant before she gets on the stand because she will look very nice as a pregnant woman on the stand,” he said, per Elle.
And of course, when she made her pregnancy announcement, it threw a wrench into court proceedings.
“The parties have met and deliberated, and both parties agree that in light of this development, it is not feasible to begin the trial on July 13, 2021 as currently scheduled,” according to court documents obtained by CNN. “In light of the defendant’s pregnancy, the parties stipulate and agree, and respectfully request that the court order the trial with jury selection to begin on August 31, 2021.”
Her first baby was born just before her criminal trial.
Elizabeth’s son, William, was on 10 July 2021, per ABC News. Her criminal trial began on August 31. ABC note that US District Judge Edward Davila said during a preliminary hearing in June that there would be a quiet room for Elizabeth to care for William during breaks in the trial.
Other than his birth, there is virtually no information out there surrounding William.
She appeared visibly pregnant again in October 2022.
When Elizabeth appeared in court last month, she had a rather noticeable baby bump. Notable: She wore the same outfit to court while pregnant with William last year, right down to the gray jacket.
Anne Kopf-Sill, a former biotech professional, tweeted that Elizabeth looked like she was five to seven months along, per the New York Post. And once again, people wonder if Elizabeth’s decision to have another baby might be related to her desire for more leniency from the jury.
“I think she’s hoping to get a lighter sentence,” Kopf-Sill told KRON4. “Everyone feels sorry for children who have to grow up without both parents. Even though they may be unsympathetic towards Elizabeth… there is still a feeling of doing something for innocent children.”
The final verdict is expected to be handed down on Friday 18 November.
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