Ross Ulbricht, also known online as the Dread Pirate Roberts, was sentenced in the U.S. to two life terms and three lesser prison sentences without possibility of parole.
Ulbricht founded and ran the online, international marketplace Silk Road, which has been called an ‘eBay’ of drugs and other illegal goods. The website allowed users to buy and sell anonymously and have drugs mailed direct to their door.
On charges of money laundering, computer hacking, and conspiracy to traffic narcotics, he has received the maximum punishment allowed under federal guidelines.
His defense argued that the website was safer than street-level organized crime, but the court heard from the parents of several men who had died due to overdose after purchasing drugs through Silk Road.
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