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How a social media influencer made plan to take over a website domain at gunpoint?

Written by on December 10, 2019

A social media icon, Mr. Rossi Lorathio Adams II was sentenced to 14 years in prison, after his plot to take over an internet domain, at gunpoint backfired, during a home invasion. He is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and received the sentence on Monday after he was found guilty by the US Attorney’s Office for Northern District of Iowa.


A social media company called “State Snaps” founded in 2015 by Adams also known as “Polo,” while he was also enrolled as a student at Iowa State University. Adam’s social media accounts on platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat, had more than a million followers at one point, the statement said.

Website’s content included the video and photos of the young adults engaged in somewhat crude behavior, such as drunkenness and nudity, according to the statement. The followers of State Snaps used the slogan “Do It For State,” and Adams wanted to buy the internet domain doitforstate.com to expand his company, the statement said.


But all went wrong, Adams tried to convince a Cedar Rapids resident, who had registered the domain with GoDaddy.com to sell that domain to him multiple times between the 2015 and 2017, the statement said.

Adams drove his cousin, Sherman Hopkins Jr. in June 2017, to the home of the domain owner. His cousin who is a convicted felon, broke into man’s home with a cell phone, stolen the gun and taser while wearing the pantyhose on his head and the dark sunglasses, the statement said. He also had a note from the Adams to the domain owner with directions on how to transfer the domain.


Sherman Hopkins held the gun to the domain owner’s head and pistol whipped him several times before the man was able to gain control of gun. The man was shot in the leg during the struggle, before he shot Hopkins multiple times in chest and then called police, according to statement. Luckily, Hopkins had survived the shooting and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Adams was convicted in April and was sentenced to 168 months in federal prison Monday by United States District Court Judge C.J. Williams. He has been ordered to pay $9,000 in restitution, nearly $4,000 or prosecution costs and $22,000 in attorney fees as part of his sentence. He was using a court-appointed attorney during the trail but it was later discovered that Adams was still earning “significant amounts of money” while his case was pending, the statement said.

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