Ross Ulbricht, the convicted creator of the Silk Road on-line drug bazaar, has been sentenced to life in prison.
The 31-year-old California man discovered his destiny Friday afternoon in a New York City courtroom from Katherine Forrest, the identical United States District Court choose who presided over the temporary trial earlier this yr that ended with Ulbricht being convicted of all seven crimes he confronted with regards to working Silk Road –an underground web site the place retailers promote laborious medication, hacking companies and different unlawful choices in change for digital cryptocurrency.
Ulbricht was going through a compulsory minimal sentence of 20-years in prison, however prosecutors urged Judge Forrest to transcend that; in a letter to the courtroom filed earlier this week, Ulbricht pleaded with Forrest not to ship him away for life.
“I’ve had my youth, and I know you must take away my middle years, but please leave me my old age,” he stated. “Please leave a small light at the end of the tunnel, an excuse to stay healthy, an excuse to dream of better days ahead and a chance to redeem myself in the free world before I meet my maker.”
According to attendees at Friday’s listening to, Ulbricht spoke to the courtroom for round 20 minutes and pleaded Judge Forrest to spare him a life sentence.
“I wish I could go back and convince myself to take a different path,” Ulbricht reportedly stated. Pete Brush, a reporter for Regulation360, first confirmed the sentence on Twitter Friday afternoon. Patrick O’Neil, a journalist with the Daily Dot, stated Forrest took goal at Ulbricht’s “arrogance.”
A jury deliberated for simply three-and-a-half hours earlier than deciding in February to discover Ulbricht responsible on all counts, together with narcotics trafficking conspiracy, persevering with a felony enterprise, laptop hacking conspiracy and cash laundering conspiracy. His attorneys requested the courtroom for a retrial, however Judge Forrest shot down their request final month.
“There is no reasonable probability of a different outcome here: The circumstances of [the] defendant’s arrest, and the evidence found in his own possession at the time of the arrest, are in and of themselves overwhelming evidence of his guilt,” she wrote.
Ulbricht’s attorneys are anticipated to enchantment the sentencing. His mom, Lyn Ulbricht, stated after the sentencing was introduced that “we fear for Ross’ life within the walls of a maximum security prison.”‘