Silk Road fig­ure ap­peals sen­tence

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS BEAT - By An­drea Chang an­drea.chang@la­ Twit­ter: @byan­dreachang

Ross Wil­liam Ul­bricht, the San Fran­cisco man who ran an un­der­ground web­site that al­lowed drug deal­ers to sell their goods on­line, has filed to ap­peal his con­vic­tion and life sen­tence.

Ul­bricht, who was known to fed­eral agents by his on­line alias “Dread Pirate Roberts,” was con­victed by a Man­hat­tan jury in Fe­bru­ary for al­low­ing more than $180 mil­lion in drug deals to take place on Silk Road, an on­line black mar­ket that was re­plete with nar­cotics sales.

A week ago, a judge ruled that Ul­bricht, 31, would spend the rest of his life in fed­eral pri­son.

He filed his ap­peal Thurs­day with the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the South­ern Dis­trict of New York.

Ul­bricht’s at­tor­neys have long ar­gued that the he was framed by other Web-based deal­ers who were able to con­ceal their iden­ti­ties.

Although Ul­bricht’s at­tor­ney has claimed that his client quit the web­site once it was over­run by drug deal­ers, fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors have also ac­cused Ul­bricht of plot­ting the deaths of six peo­ple he saw as threats to Silk Road. Ul­bricht is await­ing a mur­der-for-hire trial in Bal­ti­more.

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