A social media influencer will serve 14 years in prison after his plot to take over a website at gunpoint backfired – By Hollie Silverman (CNN) / Dec 10 2019
(CNN)A social media influencer was sentenced to 14 years in prison for plotting to hijack a website at gunpoint during a home invasion.
Rossi Lorathio Adams II, 27, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, received the sentence Monday after he was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats and violence, according to a statement from the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa.
Adams, also known as “Polo,” founded a social media company called “State Snaps” in 2015 while he was enrolled as a student at Iowa State University. His social media accounts on platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter had over a million followers at one point, the statement said. The site’s content included video and photos of “young adults engaged in crude behavior, drunkenness, and nudity,” according to the statement. Followers of State Snaps used the slogan “Do It For State,” and Adams wanted to purchase the internet domain doitforstate.com to expand his company, the statement said.
Adams tried to convince a Cedar Rapids resident who had registered the domain with GoDaddy.com to sell it to him multiple times between 2015 and 2017, the statement said.
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