What??? A social media influencer is about to go down for 20 years, and pay an additional $250,000 fine. Why? Because he plotted to steal a domain name from someone, while holding him at gunpoint! Long story short, the plot went left and now, Rossi Lorathio Adams II could face two decades in prison.
The guy behind the Do It 4 State account has been found guilty
“The 26-year-old founder of the popular Do It For State Instagram account, which has 1.5 million followers, was convicted by a jury in Iowa last week of conspiring to steal a man’s similar web domain by holding him at gunpoint in 2017″, BuzzFeed reported.
“Polo”, as Adam is commonly known as, was still a student of the Iowa State when he started the account. Now this account grew quickly, transforming into a company, that often posting risqué images of wild-partying college students– on Twitter and Snapchat as well. Apparently, the school was against it, but the company still ran the way it wanted.
Now the company’s problems began when Polo decided to use force to acquire a domain name, other than what they had.
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Polo threatened victim with a gun just for the domain name
Already, the company owned the domain DoIt4State.com, but Polo wanted more. He tried to buy DoItForState.com, however, this URL was not for sale.
So instead, Polo [Adams] decided to steal the domain for himself!
“In June 2017, Adams reportedly asked his cousin, Sherman Hopkins Jr., to break into the home of the domain-owner — identified only as “E.D.” in court filings — and try to steal the domain at gunpoint. Adams had found the owner’s address through GoDaddy registration records”, People.com reports.
In fact, prior to this, the influencer had threatened E.D with gun emojis.
Anyway, Polo drove his cousin– Hopkins, to the victim’s home. He then handed him a demand letter “which contained instructions for transferring the domain to Adams’ GoDaddy account.”
Hopkins entered the house wearing a pantyhose, dark sunglasses and a hat, while carrying a cellular telephone, a stolen gun and a taser. Then he pointed the gun at E.D’s head, and ordered him to do what the letter said.
Interestingly, this did not work as E.D began to struggle for the gun. In the process, the . victim got shot in the leg. But he managed to also shoot Hopkins in the chest a few times, before finally phoning the police.
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Influencer faces 20 years jail time for trying to steal a domain name
A year down the line, Hopkins faced trial and was sentenced to 20 years in jail.
The influencer faces 20 years behind bars also, for plotting the entire thing. “He was found guilty [by a jury], of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats, and violence”, People added.
In addition, Polo could pay a fine of $250,000 for his involvement in the crime. Currently, he remains in custody awaiting his final sentence.