A social media influencer has been jailed for 14 years for a violent plot to steal a domain name — with the owner shot, pistol-whipped and held with a gun against his head, authorities have revealed.
Rossi Lorathio Adams II, 27, came up with the plan after doomed attempts to buy “doitforstate.com,” which he wanted for his “State Snaps” sites because they used “Do it for State!” as a slogan, the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa said in a release.
Adams — who is known as “Polo” and has more than a million followers — instead hired his homeless cousin, a convicted felon, to storm the Iowa house of the domain name’s owner to try to get it by force.
Adams drove Sherman Hopkins to the Cedar Rapids house in June 2017 where he went in wearing pantyhose on his head and carrying a stolen gun and a taser, the release said.
Inside, he put the gun against the unidentified owner’s head and ordered him to follow instructions on how to transfer the domain name written on “demand note” written by Adams, the prosecutors said.
The owner fought back, getting shot in the leg before wrestling the gun from Hopkins — shooting him “multiple times in the chest,” the release said.
Hopkins, 44, survived and was last year sentenced to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to interference and attempted interference with commerce by threats and violence, the attorney’s office said.
Adam was sentenced Monday to 14 years in federal prison after being found guilty of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats and violence. The judge also ordered him to pay $9,000 in restitution and to pay more than $25,000 in prosecution costs and attorney fees.
His “State Snaps” sites “mostly contained images and videos of young adults engaged in crude behavior, drunkenness, and nudity,” prosecutors said.
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