An Entrepreneur Tried To Steal A Domain Name With A Gun

Ravi Adwani - Apr 30, 2019

An Entrepreneur Tried To Steal A Domain Name With A Gun

Rossi Lorathio Adams II, a social media entrepreneur, who tried to steal a domain name with a gun, now facing 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

A Weird Burglary

While burglary is among the most common crimes anywhere on the planet, it’s not that common to see someone trying too hard for a domain name. You heard it right! One entrepreneur in the field of social media is on the edge of spending 20 upcoming years behind the cells for his particular interest in a domain name. To be fair, in this booming era of the Internet, it’s clearly an odd crime to commit.

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Rossi Lorathio Adams II had big plans towards a social media empire, all until a fight over a domain name.

Back in 2015, “State Snaps” was launched by Rossi Lorathio Adams II as a company focusing on social media. Since his followers were really into the “Do it for state”, he wanted to get the “” domain.

However, there was just one small problem, the domain’s owner didn’t want to sell it. Adams tried sending gun emojis to threaten the owner’s friends but it didn’t work. Therefore, the entrepreneur decided to do a much more drastic thing: steal the domain with a gun.

A Not-so-smooth Criminal

Almost two years ago, in June 2017, Sherman Hopkins Jr, Adams’ cousin was to enter the domain’s owner home, carrying a taser and a gun with him.

Once he got inside, Hopkins gave the man instructions to transfer such domain name to Adams’ account on GoDaddy, all in a little note. For the whole time, he was aiming at him, occasionally hitting him with the gun as well.

During the incident, the domain owner took over, got his hand on the gun and shot Hopkins a few times in the chest before calling in the police.

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The fight over a domain name got both Adams and Hopkins into a tough situation.

A year after that, in 2018, Hopkins finally got himself a 20-year prison sentence. Also, Adams was later found guilty of commercial interference using violence, force, and threats. The guy is currently facing a 20-year prison sentence himself, alongside an additional fine of $250,000.


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