Instead, he was required to stack the maximum sentences for each count they totaled 150 years to calculate a recommended sentence under the federal advisory guidelines. He was not bound by that figure, and he considered going beneath it, he said. But he decided that 150 years would send a loud, decisive message. He felt that Mr. Madoffs conduct was so egregious, he said, that I should do everything I possibly could to punish him. Moreover, any sentence of less than 150 years could be seen as showing him mercy. Frankly, that was not the message I wanted to be sent, the judge said. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/29/n...entencing.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1&ref=nyregion but a man who rapes a child for six years can walk away with a six month sentence. There really is no "justice" in America.