A Bitcoin Cash fan and former Virginia National Guardsman has been found not guilty of stealing a tank and taking it for a 60-mile joyride. The court excused Joshua Yabut of his crimes by reason of insanity.
According to news publication WTVR, a Nottoway County court made the judgment earlier yesterday August 19th. Yabut faced felony charges relating to the original theft of the military vehicle, as well as additional charges of violating bail conditions by leaving the US. The publication also claims there was evidence that Yabut had been researching bomb-making.
Crazy for Bitcoin Cash
In 2018, when the news first broke, Yabut’s interest in the Bitcoin fork, Bitcoin Cash, was widely reported in cryptocurrency media. At the time, many jokes were made that his investment preferences in combination with his actions clearly showed the Virginia Guardsman was medically insane.
Much was made of Yabut’s pro-Bitcoin Cash Tweets, such as the following:
“@Alvizier have u guys heard about bitcoin cash?
“i will send you one bitcoin cash if you get a tattoo of craig wright on your tricep
“Once Bitcoin Core gets rekt they’ll beg for a merge of the two chains.”
The Tweets were posted from the Twitter account @movrcx in late 2017 and early 2018. At the time, the name of the account was Joshua [BCH].
Bitcoin Cash or Nothing?
The account has since changed names to “جوش,” which according to Google translate means “boiling” in Persian. The Twitter account is set now to private, so we can neither confirm or deny if Yabut is still interested in Bitcoin Cash or if he even cares about cryptocurrency at all anymore.
One of Yabut’s legal representatives commented on today’s legal ruling of insanity earlier today:
“He did not have the mental capacity to understand the wrongfulness of his actions at the time that he took them.”
In related news, the Twitter handle @Bitcoin has removed tons of posts related to Bitcoin Cash.
What do you think about the court ruling in Yabut’s case? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.
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