Social Media Influencer, Rossi Lorathio Adams II, faces up to 20-Years in Prison after trying to steal URL domain name at Gunpoint

Social media influencer, Rossi Lorathio Adams II, 26, the founder of media company, State Snaps. is facing up to two decades in prison for hiring an intruder to break into a house to force the transfer of an internet domain at gunpoint.

In 2015, Rossi Lorathio launched a social media company called “State Snaps.” Because his followers often used the slogan “Do it for state,” Adams wanted to buy the domain “doitforstate.com.”

“Between 2015 and 2017, Adams repeatedly tried to obtain ‘doitforstate.com,’ but the owner of the domain would not sell it,” court documents stated. “Adams also threatened one of the domain owner’s friends with gun emojis after the friend used the domain to promote concerts.”

In June of 2017, Adams enlisted the help of his cousin, Sherman Hopkins Jr. to force the transfer. Hopkins drove to the house, grabbed the victim by the arm, and showed him a demand letter containing instructions on transferring the domain, placing a gun against the victim’s head.

“Between 2015 and 2017, Adams repeatedly tried to obtain ‘doitforstate.com,’ but the owner of the domain would not sell it,” court documents stated. “Adams also threatened one of the domain owner’s friends with gun emojis after the friend used the domain to promote concerts.”

Fearing for his life, the victim quickly turned to move the gun away from his head. The victim then managed to gain control of the gun,” court records show. The victim then shot Hopkins multiple times before calling authorities.

Hopkins survived and is now serving a 20-year prison sentence after pleading guilty last June. Adams was convicted of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats and violence following a four-day trial last week.

Federal prosecutors said the defendant was a student at Iowa State University when he launched ‘State Snaps’, a company that compiled and shared photos and videos of people ‘engaged in crude behavior, drunkenness, and nudity’ on Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter.

In June 2018, Hopkins — who survived the fracas — was sentenced to 20 years in prison. And on Friday, an Iowa jury found Adams guilty of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats, and violence. He now faces up to 20 years in prison himself, as well as a $250,000 fine.

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