An Iowa man named Rossi Larthio Adams II who also ran a social media platform plotted to steal an Internet domain name at gunpoint and was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison yesterday.
Adams refused to pay the domain-name owner’s $20,000 asking price—and then things got weird. “In June 2017, Adams encouraged his cousin, Sherman Hopkins Jr., to break into the domain owner’s home and force him to transfer doitforstate.com to Adams at a gunpoint,” a Department of Justice press release said. Hopkins was previously sentenced to 20 years in prison as part of a plea agreement. More details are in the government’s trial brief.
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