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Cedar Rapids man gets 14 years for role in domain name plot

December 9, 2019 GMT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge on Monday sentenced a Cedar Rapids man to 14 years in prison after he was convicted of having his cousin try to hijack an internet domain from another man at gunpoint.

U.S. District Court Judge C.J. Williams sentenced Rossi Lorathio Adams II, 27, to the federal prison term following his conviction April 18 of one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats and violence. Adams also must pay restitution and court fees.

Adams was the founder of social media company State Snaps, whose followers often used the slogan “Do It For State!” Adams repeatedly tried to buy the domain doitforstate.com from a Cedar Rapids man, but the owner refused to sell.

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In 2017, Adams convinced his cousin, Sherman Hopkins Jr., to break into the domain owner’s house, where he tried to force him at gunpoint to transfer the domain to Adams.

During a struggle, Hopkins and the domain owner were shot but both survived.

Hopkins was sentenced last year to 20 years in prison for the crime.