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Failed plot to steal domain name at gunpoint brings 14-year prison term

One year ago   |   By Ars Technica

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An Iowa man who plotted to steal an Internet domain name at gunpoint was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison yesterday.
Rossi Lorathio Adams II, a former Iowa State University student who ran a social-media platform featuring "images and videos of young adults engaged in crude behavior, drunkenness, and nudity," repeatedly tried to buy the "doitforstate.com" domain name from a resident of Cedar Rapids. But Adams refused to pay the domain-name owner's $20,000 asking price-and then things got weird.
"In June 2017, Adams enlisted his cousin, Sherman Hopkins Jr., to break into the...
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Influencer jailed 14 years for trying to rob man of website name at gunpoint

Influencer jailed 14 years for trying to rob man of website name at gunpoint

One year ago   |   By Metro

Rossi Lorathio II, 27, was sentenced to 14 years in jail on Monday in Iowa.
A social media influencer has been sent to a federal prison after trying to threaten a man at gunpoint to obtain a website name.
Rossi Adams, 27, was sentenced to 14 years behind bars for conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats and violence after he tried to ‘hijack' the website, according to prosecutors in Iowa.
Adams launched the social media brand ‘State Snaps' in 2015, which quickly amassed followers on various social media platforms including Instagram and Snapchat.
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