Former Olympian-turned-YouTuber Trevor Jacob was sentenced to six months in prison for jumping out of a moving plane and letting the vehicle crash into a mountain.
The 30-year-old American showed the proof about a year ago in a video titled "I Crashed My Plane." In recent days, Jacob shared another clip in which he claims that while he got his pilot's license back, he won't be able to escape prison.
Jacob was sentenced Monday to spend half a year in federal prison. He had been convicted in early 2023 of destruction and concealment with intent to obstruct a federal investigation.
California federal prosecutors said in a news release that Jacob admitted to intentionally crashing his plane with the intention of having his disappearance captured on video. The "feat" would have been executed by the youtuber to promote a commercial agreement with a wallet company.
Trevor's legal situation worsened when it was discovered that he had lied to investigators that he did not know the location of the wreckage of the plane and that he had then attempted to slowly dismantle the scene.
"(Jacob) likely committed this crime to generate news and social media coverage for himself and for financial gain. However, this type of 'reckless' conduct cannot be tolerated," prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum.
Jacob jumped out of his plane and let it crash. Photo: YT
The YouTuber's lawyers called for their client to be sentenced to probation, arguing that at the time he was "living alone on his perch" during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic and made a "series of bad decisions that culminated in the crime of which he has pleaded guilty."
Jacob, for his part, said he was "sincerely remorseful" before the judge and said he had "suffered many consequences for this crime." He also clarified that before letting his plane crash, he carefully researched the plane's path to make sure it didn't crash into homes.
Prosecutors were adamant that the prison sentence was necessary to prevent others from trying such tricks.
Jacob regained his pilot's license, but did not get parole. Photo: YT
Jacob, in addition to being a YouTuber, is an extreme sports athlete who represented the United States at the 2024 Olympics in snowboarding.