- Tattoo artist Daniel Silva was sentenced to 364 days in jail Tuesday for the crash that killed YouTuber Corey La Barrie in May of this year.
- Silva entered a no-contest plea, meaning he maintains his innocence but agrees that the state likely has enough evidence to convince a jury.
- Because of time-served and California’s sentencing guidelines, Silva is considered to have already served 216 days of the sentence but will still be subject to five years of probation.
- La Barrie’s parents are still pursuing their wrongful death civil suit against Silva for his involvement in the crash as the driver.
The Crash that Killed Corey La Barrie
Tattoo artist and former “Ink Master” contestant Daniel Silva was sentenced to 364 days in jail on Tuesday for his involvement in the death of YouTuber Corey La Barrie.
La Barrie was killed in a car crash on May 10 while he and Silva were celebrating La Barrie’s 25th birthday and speeding in a McLaren. While driving, Silva lost control and the car slammed into a tree and stop-sign. Reports at the time indicated that Silva tried to flee the scene but was stopped by bystanders who went to help,
Silva was arrested for murder that night, and a later police statement indicated the crash may have been a DUI case. La Barrie’s family also came out and said Silva was driving drunk, however he was never charged with a DUI for the incident.
Witnesses claim that Silva and La Barrie were partying earlier that night, but it’s unclear just how much Silva had to drink. Silva’s lawyer was confident that they could beaten a murder charge because the prosecution would have a hard time proving Silva was actually drunk.
Silva initially pled not guilty to the second-degree murder charge, which could have earned him between 15 years and life in state prison. However, the case changed last month when he reached a deal with prosecutors. They agreed to drop the second-degree murder charge in exchange for him pleading no contest to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, which is still a felony.
As part of his sentencing, Daniel Silva will serve 364 days in county jail, be on formal probation for five years, and have to do 250 hours of community service.
Because of time-served and California sentencing guidelines, Silva is considered to have already served 216 days of that sentence.
He also will have a suspended prison sentence of four years, which means that if he violates any of the terms of his probation, he could find himself in state prison.
Based on the press release from the Los Angeles District Attorney, it’s unclear if Silva is paying any restitution to the family of La Barrie, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be found liable, monetarily speaking.
About two weeks after the accident, La Barrie’s parents filed a civil suit against Silva and his tattoo company. They’re asking the court to award them compensatory damages, costs of the suit, prejudgment and post-judgment interest, as well as any fair and equitable relief.
As of right now, it looks like that suit is still working its way through the courts, likely waiting for Silva’s criminal charges to be sorted out. This civil case would have been easier if Silva had pleaded guilty, but his no contest plea means that he maintains his innocence, meaning he will likely fight any civil suits.
Follow Silva’s sentence, Oscar Guerra, a friend of La Barrie’s who spoke in court shared a message on behalf of his friend group.
“I don’t think there’s any amount of words I can say right now to let anyone feel what I feel, so I guess I’ll start with this… Corey La Barrie had a tough outer shell but was soft on the inside, he was a unique, kind, inspirational, individual….”
He went on to heavily suggest that Silva was driving drunk that night by saying, “Everyone who was there including myself tried stopping you from driving, I was outside of the car on the street telling you to get out o the car while you looked at me and sped off, while my best friend was coughing up blood you tried to run away and i caught you…“
He closed saying he had forgiven Silva, but it won’t be enough to bring La Barrie back.
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Schools Across the U.S. Cancel Classes Friday Over Unverified TikTok Threat
Officials in multiple states said they haven’t found any credible threats but are taking additional precautions out of an abundance of safety.
Schools in no fewer than 10 states either canceled classes or increased their police presence on Friday after a series of TikToks warned of imminent shooting and bombs threats.
Despite that, officials said they found little evidence to suggest the threats are credible. It’s possible no real threat was actually ever made as it’s unclear if the supposed threats originated on TikTok, another social media platform, or elsewhere.
“We handle even rumored threats with utmost seriousness, which is why we’re working with law enforcement to look into warnings about potential violence at schools even though we have not found evidence of such threats originating or spreading via TikTok,” TikTok’s Communications team tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Still, given the uptick of school shootings in the U.S. in recent years, many school districts across the country decided to respond to the rumors. According to The Verge, some districts in California, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas shut down Friday.
“Based on law enforcement interviews, Little Falls Community Schools was specifically identified in a TikTok post related to this threat,” one school district in Minnesota said in a letter Thursday. “In conversations with local law enforcement, the origins of this threat remain unknown. Therefore, school throughout the district is canceled tomorrow, Friday, December 17.”
In Gilroy, California, one high school that closed its doors Friday said it would reschedule final exams that were expected to take place the same day to January.
According to the Associated Press, several other districts in Arizona, Connecticut, Illinois, Montana, New York, and Pennsylvania stationed more police officers at their schools Friday.
Viral Misinformation or Legitimate Warnings?
As The Verge notes, “The reports of threats on TikTok may be self-perpetuating.”
For example, many of the videos online may have been created in response to initial warnings as more people hopped onto the trend. Amid school cancellations, videos have continued to sprout up — many awash with both rumors and factual information.
“I’m scared off my ass, what do I do???” one TikTok user said in a now-deleted video, according to People.
“The post is vague and not directed at a specific school, and is circulating around school districts across the country,” Chicago Public Schools said in a letter, though it did not identify any specific post. “Please do not re-share any suspicious or concerning posts on social media.”
According to Dr. Amy Klinger, the director of programs for the nonprofit Educator’s School Safety Network, “This is not 2021 phenomenon.”
Instead, she told The Today Show that her network has been tracking school shooting threats since 2013, and she noted that in recent years, they’ve become more prominent on social media.
“It’s not just somebody in a classroom of 15 people hearing someone make a threat,” she said. “It’s 15,000 people on social media, because it gets passed around and it becomes larger and larger and larger.”
Jake Paul Says He “Can’t Get Cancelled” as a Boxer
The controversial YouTuber opened up about what it has been like to go from online fame to professional boxing.
The New Yorker Profiles Jake Paul
YouTuber and boxer Jake Paul talked about his career switch, reputation, and cancel culture in a profile published Monday in The New Yorker.
While Paul rose to fame as the Internet’s troublemaker, he now spends most of his time in the ring. He told the outlet that one difference between YouTube and boxing is that his often controversial reputation lends better to his new career.
“One thing that is great about being a fighter is, like, you can’t get cancelled,” Paul said. The profile noted that the sport often rewards and even encourages some degree of bad behavior.
“I’m not a saint,” Paul later continued. “I’m also not a bad guy, but I can very easily play the role.”
Paul also said the other difference between his time online and his time in boxing is the level of work. While he says he trains hard, he confessed that there was something more challenging about making regular YouTube content.
“Being an influencer was almost harder than being a boxer,” he told The New Yorker. “You wake up in the morning and you’re, like, Damn, I have to create fifteen minutes of amazing content, and I have twelve hours of sunlight.”
Jake Paul Vs. Tommy Fury
The New Yorker profile came just after it was announced over the weekend Paul will be fighting boxer Tommy Fury in an 8-round cruiserweight fight on Showtime in December.
“It’s time to kiss ur last name and ur family’s boxing legacy goodbye,” Paul tweeted. “DEC 18th I’m changing this wankers name to Tommy Fumbles and celebrating with Tom Brady.”
Both Paul and Fury are undefeated, according to ESPN. Like Paul, Fury has found fame outside of the sport. He has become a reality TV star in the U.K. after appearing on the hit show “Love Island.”
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Hackers Hit Twitch Again, This Time Replacing Backgrounds With Image of Jeff Bezos
The hack appears to be a form of trolling, though it’s possible that the infiltrators were able to uncover a security flaw while reviewing Twitch’s newly-leaked source code.
Hackers targeted Twitch for a second time this week, but rather than leaking sensitive information, the infiltrators chose to deface the platform on Friday by swapping multiple background images with a photo of former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
According to those who saw the replaced images firsthand, the hack appears to have mostly — and possibly only — affected game directory headers. Though the incident appears to be nothing more than a surface-level prank, as Amazon owns Twitch, it could potentially signal greater security flaws.
For example, it’s possible the hackers could have used leaked internal security data from earlier this week to discover a network vulnerability and sneak into the platform.
The latest jab at the platforms came after Twitch assured its users it has seen “no indication” that their login credentials were stolen during the first hack. Still, concerns have remained regarding the potential for others to now spot cracks in Twitch’s security systems.
It’s also possible the Bezos hack resulted from what’s known as “cache poisoning,” which, in this case, would refer to a more limited form of hacking that allowed the infiltrators to manipulate similar images all at once. If true, the hackers likely would not have been able to access Twitch’s back end.
The photo changes only lasted several hours before being returned to their previous conditions.
First Twitch Hack
Despite suspicions and concerns, it’s unclear whether the Bezos hack is related to the major leak of Twitch’s internal data that was posted to 4chan on Wednesday.
That leak exposed Twitch’s full source code — including its security tools — as well as data on how much Twitch has individually paid every single streamer on the platform since August 2019.
It also revealed Amazon’s at least partially developed plans for a cloud-based gaming library, codenamed Vapor, which would directly compete with the massively popular library known as Steam.
Even though Twitch has said its login credentials appear to be secure, it announced Thursday that it has reset all stream keys “out of an abundance of caution.” Users are still being urged to change their passwords and update or implement two-factor authentication if they haven’t already.