Silk Road creator Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison


Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht, 31, was sentenced Friday to life in prison in connection with his operation of the black market website.

In February, Ulbricht was found guilty on all seven counts against him, including charges of drug trafficking and money laundering, among others. Drugs, fake IDs and other illegal goods could be purchased on the website anonymously with digital currency bitcoin.

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Ulbricht created Silk Road in 2011, and authorities shut it down in October 2013. During its operation, more than 100,000 people used the marketplace.

A demonstrator supported Ross Ulbricht, creator and operator of the Silk Road underground market, in front of a federal courthouse on Jan. 13, 2015, in New York City.
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It generated about $214 million in sales and Ulbricht took commissions of more than $13 million from the transactions, prosecutors said during the trial.

Vendors sold hundreds of kilograms of illegal drugs through the platform, officials say.

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Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, called Silk Road "a clandestine global marketplace" at the time of Ulbricht's conviction.

"Ulbricht built this black market bazaar to exploit the dark web and the digital currency bitcoin to allow users to conduct illegal business beyond the reach of law enforcement," Bharara said in a February statement.

Some other charges against Ulbricht related to computer hacking, trafficking of fake ID documents and engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise.