Silk Street founder Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in jail

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison

Regardless of Ross Ulbricht’s emotional plea for leniency in courtroom as we speak, Decide Katherine Forrest has sentenced him to life in jail. He was dealing with a minimal of 20 years as much as the utmost life sentence after he was discovered responsible of cash laundering, narcotics trafficking and drug hacking. Beneath the pseudonym “Dread Pirate Roberts,” Ulbricht was the czar of Silk Street, a web-based drug market that netted him an $18 million fortune. It was anonymized by the Tor community and used Bitcoins to cover transactions.

Previous to passing sentence, the decide heard passionate pleas from each events, with Ulbricht hoping Forrest would give him “an opportunity to redeem myself within the free world earlier than I meet my maker.” Prosecutors, in the meantime, demanded a life sentence, calling him the “kingpin of a worldwide digital drug-trafficking enterprise” and mentioning that he tried to rent a hitman on a number of events.

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