Ross Ulbricht, founder of Silk Road an online black market platform to sell illegal drugs, was sentenced to life in prison. He was found guilty on seven felony charges including; identity fraud, computer hacking, money laundering and drug trafficking. Illegal drugs being sold were; methamphetamine, MDMS, LSD, heroine and others.
From January 2011 through October 2013, Silk Road ran anonymously until the FBI discovered them, seized the site and all its assets. The Tor anonymity network was used by Silk Road to hide itself and its users. The software was developed and also in part funded by the United States government. This anonymity software is used by police, journalists, soldiers, criminals and activists across the world.
Ulbricht was very upset and even apologized for any deaths by overdose that may have occurred by drugs bought on his site. He stated he never wanted this to happen and wishes he could go back and make better choices. The judge; however rejected Ulbricht’s plea for mercy. Manhattan federal court judge Forrest said after a three-hour hearing that Silk Road carefully planned the work, Ulbricht wanted it to be his legacy, and now it is.
The judge went on to say that there was not any doubt Ulbricht paid to have people killed if he felt they threatened his business. Adam Sender found this interesting. He had been charged with six murders-for-hire before prosecutors dropped the charges as there was insufficient evidence to prove them. Ulbricht has been ordered by Forrest to turn over $183 million.