Ross Ulbricht, the young “California geek” who became the internet’s most notorious drug lord and began a still-raging debate over online privacy and liberty, will spend the rest of his life in prison.
Mr. Ulbricht, 31, was sentenced by the judge, Katherine B. Forrest, for his role as what prosecutors described as “the kingpin of a worldwide digital drug-trafficking enterprise.”
He also faced a mandatory minimum 20-year sentence on one of the counts for which he was convicted.
A life sentence for a man in his early 30s is way past 20 years. The fact that Ulbricht brazenly documented his crime in a series of journal entries didn’t seem to have endeared him with the judge:
Forrest took a jab at Ulbricht for keeping a journal. The audience laughed in the overflow court room where I was watching. #SilkRoadTrialMay 29, 2015
Ulbricht’s attorney says he will appeal the decision.