Ross William Ulbricht, legendary creator of the original darknet market The Silk Road, has been sentenced today in federal prison to Life in Prison.
Ulbricht became a hero to many in the darknet community, as well as the broader Bitcoin and libertarian movements, after his arrest in November 2013 revealed him to be the ‘Dread Pirate Roberts’, the pseudonymous creator and operator of the Silk Road. His arrest came after a months long investigation by multiple law enforcement departments in the United States.
Ulbricht’s conviction last week guaranteed him a sentence of between 20 years and life in prison. He has also been convicted of owing nearly 184 million dollars to the federal government, who has already auctioned off his Bitcoins.
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