Prosecutors filed papers yesterday arguing for a lengthy sentence (PDF) for Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, one that would be “substantially above the mandatory minimum,” which is 20 years. They cite sentencing guidelines that point to life imprisonment as the recommended sentence.
“Ulbricht profited greatly from his operation of Silk Road, ultimately amassing millions of dollars in commissions,” government lawyers wrote in the filings. “He was willing to use violence to protect his enterprise, as evidenced by his solicitation of multiple murders for hire in attempts to eliminate perceived threats. At no point has he acknowledged full responsibility or shown true remorse for his actions.”
The Silk Road dramatically lowered barriers to drug dealing, prosecutors posit, and Ulbricht should be held responsible for the overdoses, addictions, and “other foreseeable repercussions” of the drugs sold on the site.
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