Whenever a celebrity is involved in the criminal justice system, it always seems to attract a lot of attention. When they end up in jail, their case becomes even more intriguing. It might also be an opportunity to shed some light on how America’s never-ending legal volume can send people to jail so easily. Even if it’s a non-violent crime with no victims. This seems to be the case with FPSRusia.
Back in 2019, YouTuber FPSRussia, aka Kyle Lamar Myers, was sentenced to two months in prison. He was also ordered to pay a fine and receive probation. Miles is best known for his channel featuring guns and explosives. Fans also loved his role as Dmitri, a heavily accented “professional Russian” from Moscow.
But now it’s all over and Miles ends up in jail. The question is: why did FPSRussia go to jail?
In today’s blog post, I’ll cover the following topics:
- Who is FPS Russia?
- Why did FPSRussia stop making videos?
- What is the criminal case in FPSRusia about?
- How did the story end?
Who is FPS Russia?
FPS Russia is a youtube star He was actually an American from Franklin County, Georgia named Kyle Myers. As of March 2021, his hugely popular FPSRussia channel has almost 7 million subscribers and almost 1 billion views. The channel was launched in 2010 but has not been active since 2016.
In the comedy video, Kyle played a fictional character named Dimitri Potapov. With a thick Russian accent, Dimitri would show off guns and other weapons and compare them to those in video games and movies.
In each video, Dimitri explains the characteristics of the weapon he will use. Sometimes he tells stories, other times he explains what the weapons are for. He then demonstrates how to use the weapon on random targets like mannequins, fruit, and bottles.
Some of the weapons he displayed included a gold AK-47, a .50 BMG rifle and a Bofors 40mm automatic anti-aircraft gun.
Why did FPSRussia stop making videos?
FPSRussia went on hiatus in 2013 when a Kentucky man named Keith Ratliff — co-owner of FPS Industries (a custom gun manufacturing and testing company) and a member of the FPSRusia production team — was found shot dead in his Georgia home .
Ratliff is the federal firearms licensee who was responsible for obtaining the firearms used by FPSRusia in his videos. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) investigated the case, but it was never solved. The case has since been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories.
Miles was also the target of two ATF raids, which spokesman Richard Coes said were justified because Miles “used explosives and was paid via YouTube”. Between the raids, Miles stopped posting videos on the FPS Rusia channel.
When the ATF raided Myers’ home in August 2017, he allegedly received 25 grams of butane hash oil in the mail. Myers was charged on the grounds that he possessed illegal drugs while owning a firearm. It’s a federal crime.
What is the criminal case in FPSRusia about?
Despite his reputation for using firearms on his YouTube channel, Myers was arrested for felony possession of a restricted substance. As a result, 50 of the weapons he used in the YouTube video were confiscated.
Miles battled his charges for two years in a long and complex legal battle, but in the end, he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana and butane honey oil. He was sentenced to two months in prison. He also received two years of probation and was ordered to pay a $7,500 fine.
How did the story end?
Miles served a two-month sentence and has since opened up about his time in prison.