The American jailed for life for masterminding the online criminal enterprise Silk Road, which sold $200 million in drugs across the world, has appealed his sentence, court papers showed Friday.
It was the maximum possible punishment for Ross Ulbricht, who was sentenced to two life terms, and five, 15 and 20 years for hacking, trafficking in false documents and money laundering.
The defense had requested the mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years and not even the government had requested the full life term.
The 31-year-old, from a middle class family and educated at graduate school, filed the appeal at the US federal court in New York on Thursday — a week after his sentencing.
He ran Silk Road under the alias “Dread Pirate Roberts,” amassing $13 million in Bitcoins in commissions by making the purchase of heroin and cocaine as easy as shopping online at eBay or Amazon.
At least six people died as a result of ingesting drugs linked to Silk Road.
Prosecutors said Ulbricht commissioned five murders, although there is no evidence that the killings for hire ever took place.
Silk Road conducted 50,000 sales of heroin, 80,000 sales of cocaine and 30,000 of methamphetamine, the trial heard.
“What you did was unprecedented,” said US District Judge Katherine Forrest. “You have to pay the consequences.”
Forrest said the court also sought the forfeiture of more than $183.9 million in Silk Road drug profits.
His four-week trial had been considered a landmark case in the murky world of online crime and government surveillance.
Given the significant public interest in the case, Forrest said his sentence had to serve as a deterrent to others, reflect the severity of his crimes and protect society.
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"The Republican electorate -- and what happens is the dynamic as the Republicans get harder and harder in this far-right Trump fealty, some people leave the Republican Party, so that means the remainder are this hardcore," Frank replied.
"Mitch McConnell is going to pay a price," he said. "And frankly, I think the way this is going to play out the Republican senators are now making the toughest choice a politician can make, between the primary and the final -- between making sure you can get renominated and the winning in November."
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