Don’t you think a life sentence is a bit excessive? I’ll buy that Ross Ulbricht was the person behind Silk Road and that the online bazaar functioned as a convenient way to buy and sell illegal drugs and other contraband, but does the punishment really fit the crime? The Washington Post reports:
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A federal judge sentenced the mastermind behind online drug marketplace Silk Road, Ross Ulbricht, to life in prison Friday.
“Make no mistake: Ulbricht was a drug dealer and criminal profiteer who exploited people’s addictions and contributed to the deaths of at least six young people,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “Ulbricht went from hiding his cybercrime identity to becoming the face of cybercrime and as today’s sentence proves, no one is above the law.”
Ulbricht was convicted on seven counts, including conspiracy and money laundering, in February for operating an online bazaar where users bought drugs and other illegal goods.