YouTube stars the Stokes Twins prevent jail following pleading guilty about pretend lender theft pranks

Alan and Alex Stokes, twin brothers who rose to fame on YouTube filming prank films, pleaded responsible to misdemeanor false imprisonment and reporting phony emergencies in relationship with a pair of now-eradicated videos they filmed in the tumble of 2019 in which they pretended to have just robbed a lender. The 23-year-previous brothers ended up billed in August of final yr.

They confronted a optimum of five decades in prison if convicted on all counts, top to the responsible plea in trade for diminished sentences, according to a push launch set out dated March 31st by the business of the district lawyer of Orange County, California.

“The responsible pleas were in exchange for a judge lessening the felony wrong imprisonment charge to a misdemeanor. Prosecutors objected on the document and in a trial brief to the court’s present to lower the felony demand to a misdemeanor,” the press release states.

Both equally gained a sentence which includes 160 several hours of community support and a single calendar year of probation in addition to the two possessing to pay out restitution. The Stokes brothers are also barred from returning to the College of California Irvine, where they filmed the prank films, and they were being also purchased not to generate any far more videos “that mimic prison behavior.”

The films in issue included the Stokes brothers dressing in black garb with experience masks filming on their own interacting with strangers, some of whom ended up distraught at the prospect of encountering what they considered have been on-the-run criminals.

In one particular badly considered-out condition filmed for the films, the brothers known as an Uber driver and demanded they be taken someplace. The driver refused, but he was later on questioned by law enforcement who at first approached the man with their guns drawn, mistakenly believing he was associated after several bystanders termed regulation enforcement on the brothers for thinking they were making an attempt to carjack the driver.

The brothers pulled this prank twice in the very same day on Oct 15th, 2019, picking to movie the 2nd of the two films at the College of California Irvine after previously owning been questioned and launched by police in other places in Orange County earlier in the day.

“These crimes could have simply resulted in anyone being significantly damage or killed,” Orange County District Legal professional Todd Spitzer reported in a assertion. “An lively bank theft is not a everyday law enforcement response and these police officers were pretty much jeopardizing their lives to support folks they believed were being in risk. It is irresponsible and reckless that these two folks cared more about growing their quantity of followers on the web than the safety of those police officers or the safety of the harmless Uber driver who was ordered out of his car at gunpoint.”

The Stokes Twins YouTube channel stays active with more than 6.6 million subscribers. The most latest video, titled “FUNNY April Fool’s Pranks on Pals!,” was posted two days back, and it is presently amassed 1.4 million sights.