Convicted Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht faces life in prison at a sentencing hearing tomorrow in New York.
As reported by Wired, prosecutors asked the court earlier this week that Ulbricht be given "a lengthy sentence" to dissuade other would-be dark market operators.
“The court thus has an opportunity to send a clear message to anyone tempted to follow his example that the operation of these illegal enterprises comes with severe consequences," the letter read.
In a separate letter addressed to US District Judge Katherine Forrest, Ulbricht asked to be spared from life in prison, acknowledging the severity of his actions but seeking a degree of leniency.
"I've had my youth, and I know you must take away my middle years, but please leave me my old age," he wrote. "Please leave a small light at the end of the tunnel, an excuse to stay healthy, an excuse to dream of better days and a chance to redeem myself in the free world before I meet my maker."
Ulbricht's sentencing hearing is scheduled to take place at 18:00 UTC.
For a complete look at the case history, view our timeline of the Ross Ulbricht legal case below.
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