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Ross Ulbricht appealing life sentence, but does he stand a chance?

Ross Ulbricht is trying to appeal his life sentence

Michael Hatamoto | Jun 12, 2015 at 10:30 am CDT (0 mins, 52 secs reading time)

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht received a life sentence without the possibility of parole, and his attorneys are appealing the court's ruling. Specifically, he received two life sentences, along with three lesser sentences that would be served concurrently.

Ross Ulbricht appealing life sentence, but does he stand a chance? |

Silk Road operated from 2011 until 2013, where thousands of drug dealers, drug users, and others exchanged illegal narcotics. Not surprisingly, Joshue Dratel, one of Ulbricht's attorneys, said the sentence handed down was "unreasonable, unjust and unfair" - and they will work to have the sentence reduced.

"I wanted to empower people to make choices in their lives for themselves and have privacy and anonymity," Ulbricht said while trying to defend his actions in creating Silk Road. "I'm not a self-centered sociopathic person who wanted to express inner badness."

After being found guilty, Ulbricht faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison, though legal advisers were unsure what type of sentence he would receive. US District Judge Katherine Forrest said she considered the sentence for more than 100 hours, and questioned if Ulbricht actually felt remorse.

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