Owners of a YouTube channel with more than 6.6 million subscribers, twins Alan and Alex Stokes plead guilty to false bank robberies in California, United States. The information is from CBS Los Angeles.
In 2020, the 23-year-old brothers were charged with the crime of false imprisonment for violence, threat or fraud and two counts of misdemeanor for reporting a false emergency linked to the pranks recorded on October 15, 2019, in the city of Irvine.
According to the Orange County prosecutor, the charges include a maximum of five years in prison. However, youtubers accepted an offer of settlement made by the judge and admitted the guilt. As a result, each was sentenced to 160 hours of community service, one year of formal probation and ordered to pay the restitution.
The judge in the case also ruled that the two should stop making videos imitating criminal behavior.
Prosecutors, on the other hand, opposed the agreement made between the accused and the court. “These crimes could easily have resulted in someone seriously injured or killed,” Orange County district attorney Todd Spitzer said in a statement.
“An active bank robbery is not a casual police response and these officers were literally risking their lives to help people they believed were in danger. It is irresponsible and reckless that these two individuals care more about increasing the number of followers on the internet than about the safety of the police or the safety of the innocent Uber driver who was forced to get out of his car at gunpoint. ” , pointed out Spitzer.
Remember the case
In October 2019, the duo of youtubers dressed in black, put on hoods and ran out with bags pretending to rob a bank. They asked for an Uber and the driver refused to take them. A witness who witnessed the scene called the police in the belief that the two were trying to rob the driver as well.
Upon arriving at the scene, the police aimed the gun at the driver and asked him to get out of the car. Only later did they discover that he was not involved and released the man. Then they alerted youtubers to the danger of the action, but did not arrest them.
According to the prosecutors, four hours later, the brothers returned to make the same prank on a university campus and the police were again called.
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