Silk Road Mastermind Sentencing Has Been Postponed

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Ross UlbrichtRoss Ulbricht, the man behind the Silkroad darknet market, after being convicted on February 2015 for seven crimes, including money laundering, computer hacking, and assassination conspiracy, has had his sentencing postponed from the May 15 to May 29.


New allegations have emerged that six people died of drug overdose from drugs purchased on the Silkroad black market site. However, the defense argue the prosecution haven’t shown sufficient evidence, and this extra time may help the defense to discredit the allegations.

The dark-web mogul first made headlines after creating an online platform for the illegal sale of drugs called Silkroad, making an untraceable world that remained inaccessible to the FBI and law enforcement officers until his arrest was made in the San Francisco public library in October 2013. They seized his laptop and discovered that $13.4 million of bitcoins could be traced back directly to the Silkroad server.

It took the jury less than four hours to convict Ulbricht earlier this year, and his defense team quickly admitted he had created Silkroad. But the twists and turns of the Silkroad case never seem to end.

FBIFirst of all, Ulbricht’s lawyer Joshua Dratel accused the prosecution of basing their evidence on “exhibits rather than testimonies.” With this claim, they requested a new trial stating that his fourth amendment rights were violated by the FBI when they searched the Silkroad servers.

Another twist occurred when two federal agents were charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in bitcoin. Carl Mark Force IV and Shaun Bridges were found to have been involved in money laundering, wire fraud, and theft of government property.

The messy case continued to churn out new revelations almost daily, including fake murders and a witness taking the fall for an agent’s theft. With estimated sentencing of 30 years to life, we await the final verdict on the Silkroad mastermind or the latest twist.