California YouTuber’s Shocking Crime: An American man was given a six-month federal jail sentence on Monday for reportedly lying to federal agents who were looking into an airplane crash he planned on purpose to make a YouTube video.
California YouTuber’s Shocking Crime: Sentenced to Prison for Deliberate Plane Crash
According to the plea deal entered in the Central District of California, the man, Trevor Daniel Jacob, who used to be an Olympic snowboarder, made the YouTube video stunt to sell a wallet from a company that paid him to do it. It was agreed that he did destroy and hide a physical object with the purpose to obstruct a federal probe.
On November 24, 2021, Jacob took off by himself from Santa Barbara County, California. He parachuted out of the plane with a selfie stick and a video camera. When he got off the plane, he walked to the Los Padres National Forest crash scene. After two days, he told the National Transportation Safety Board about the accident.
As part of the plea deal, the NTSB started a probe and told Jacob that he needed to keep the plane wreckage safe and that the agency would need to see it. Jacob is said to have agreed to tell the NTSB where it was, but over the next two months, agents asked him to lie more than once.
In December 2021, Jacob and a friend reportedly hired a chopper to take them to the crash site and bring the bodies back to Santa Maria, California, where Jacob’s pickup truck was waiting. Jacob then allegedly took pieces of the plane and threw them away. The suspect later that month put the video on YouTube. It had footage from the cameras he had on the plane that fell and the camera he held while he jumped.
The Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the government Aviation Administration, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were some of the government organizations that worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.