Social media influencer’s plot to take internet domain lands him in prison

Joanna Estrada
April 24, 2019

Court records show that Hopkins was wearing pantyhose on his head, as well as a hat and sunglasses, and was carrying a stolen gun as well as a taser.

After failing to convince the owner of the domain over a course of two years to sell it to him, Adams hired his cousin Sherman Hopkins, Jr.to break into the owner's home Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in June 2017. The company's claim to fame was posting risqué images of wild-partying college students on its Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat feeds. With 1.5 million followers, State Snaps urges people to snap shots and post to the site under the catchphrase "Do it for State!"

Rossi Lorathio Adams II, 26, was convicted of "conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats, and violence" on Thursday, according to U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Iowa. So Adams tried to purchase the internet domain "doitforstate.com" from a Cedar Rapids man who had registered it with GoDaddy.com. But the owner did not want to part with it.

Then he had an idea: Why not take it by force? The cousin drove to the domain owner's house and provided a demand note, which contained instructions for transferring the domain to Adams, court records show. In 2017 Hopkins went to the domain owner's house, pulled out the gun and directed the man to his computer where he was told to log into his registrar account and transfer the domain. "Fearing for his life, the victim quickly turned to move the gun away from his head". And then Adams sent one of E.D.'s friends a message with a gun emoji, prosecutors wrote in court documents. Unfortunately for him, the domain owner made a decision to fight back and successfully wrestled the gun away from Hopkins and shot him several times with his own weapon.

Adams is now in police custody and faces a maximum 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

An emerging entrepreneur seemingly on the fast track for success is now facing 20 years behind bars after he was convicted of threatening to harm an Internet domain holder for refusing to release the domain.

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