Social media influencer sentenced to prison for attempting to obtain domain name at gunpoint

A social-media influencer was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Monday 9th December, over a plot to obtain a domain name at gunpoint.

Rossi Lorathio Adams II, 27, built up more than a million followers by posting videos of partying Iowa State University students on his website, Doit4thestate.com.

He then planned to expand his empire by buying the domain Doitforthestate.com.

But for two years, its owner refused to sell it to him. 

In June 2017, Adams drove his cousin Sherman Hopkins Jr to the home of the domain owner, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, The men had found the address through web-hosting company GoDaddy's registration records. Hopkins, a convicted criminal, forced his way into the man's home, wearing a disguise. He pistol-whipped the victim several times and demanded the domain be transferred over into Adams's name. During a violent struggle, the victim was shot in the leg before he managed to gain control of the gun. He then shot his attacker several times in the chest and called the police.

Both men survived and Hopkins was sentenced to 20 years in prison earlier this year.

Source : CNN