Social Media Influencer Jailed For Attempting To Steal Domain Name At Gunpoint

Rossi Lorathio Adams II was sentenced to 14 years in prison after his plot to take over an internet domain at gunpoint backfired

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. Adams was sentenced earlier this week to 168 months in jail and ordered to pay almost $ 9,000 in compensation, in addition to $ 26,000 in legal fees. Yet while his social media empire was growing bigger by the day, Polo apparently grew more and more frustrated that he didn't own the domain name for, a nod to the popular hashtag #DoItForState the influencer used in most of the accounts' comments and captions.

In 2017, Adams convinced his cousin, Sherman Hopkins Jr., to break into the domain owner's house, where he tried to force him at gunpoint to transfer the domain to Adams. The victim registered the domain name on GoDaddy sometime after Adams lost control of it. Adams allegedly began pressuring the victim to sell the domain name to him in June 2015. Hopkins was previously sentenced to 20 years in prison as part of a plea agreement. He was using a lawyer appointed by the court during the process, but it was later discovered that Adams was still earning "significant amounts of money" while his case was pending, according to the statement.

At the peak of his success, his social media accounts on platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter had over a million followers at one point, the statement said. Williams also ordered him to pay $3,957 for costs of prosecution and $22,000 in attorney fees.

Hopkins, who disguised himself with a hat, a pantyhose, and dark sunglasses, was armed with a stolen gun and taser, according to prosecutors. The site's content included video and photos of "young adults engaged in crude behaviour, drunkenness, and nudity", according to the statement. After he gained entry, prosecutors say the victim managed to retreat to an upstairs bedroom where he shut the door, trying to keep Hopkins out.

Adams - who is named "Polo" and has greater than one million followers - as a substitute employed his homeless cousin, a convicted felon, to storm the Iowa home of the area identify's proprietor to attempt to get it by drive. Unfortunately for Adams, the website domain name already belonged to a man living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Ethan Deyo. He also gave him a note with instructions on how to transfer to Adams' GoDaddy account.

After entering the property and locating the domain owner, Hopkins grabbed them by the arm, forced them to log in to their computer, and ordered them to transfer the domain to Adams at gunpoint. Deyo then got the gun and shot Hopkins multiple times in the chest.

Adams is now being held in the United States Marshal's custody until he is transported to federal prison.



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