Silk Road leader Ross Ulbricht, 30, faces a minimum of 20 years in prison, but could face up to life, when he is sentenced by US District Judge Katherine Forrest. In a two-page letter, Ulbricht has asked Judge Forrest to at least give him the chance at leaving prison in his elder years, providing a "light at the end of the tunnel" for him.
Ulbricht was found guilty of seven charges that include narcotics trafficking, engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, computer hacking and money laundering - and will be sentenced on May 29.
"In creating Silk Road, I ruined my life and destroyed my future," Ulbricht wrote in an open letter to the judge. "I could have done so much more with my life. I see that now, but it is too late. Even now I understand what a terrible mistake I made. I've had my youth, and I know you must take away my middle years, but please leave me my old age."
The US government is hoping for a maximum sentence, and it's unknown what type of sentence Ulbricht will receive.