Trevor Daniel Jacob admitted to crashing his plane on purpose.

(CNN) -- A 30-year-old YouTube creator and former Olympian was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison for staging a plane crash to get social media clicks.

Trevor Daniel Jacob admitted to intentionally crashing his plane, which was equipped with multiple cameras to capture his disappearance on video, in November 2021, California federal prosecutors said in a news release.

He posted a video on YouTube titled "I crashed my plane" on Dec. 23, prosecutors said, to promote a sponsorship with a wallet company.

Some onlookers became suspicious of the stunt, with a series of comments noting that Jacob was already carrying a parachute, made no attempt to glide the plane to a safe landing zone, and took a camera and selfie stick with him when he left the plane.

Jacob lied to investigators, federal prosecutors in the Central District of California said, telling them he did not know the location of the remains. They say he also lied to a Federal Aviation Administration safety inspector.


According to prosecutors, days after the crash Jacob was told to preserve the site and report to the National Transportation Safety Board where it was.

Instead, he found the crash site and on Dec. 10, 2021, used a helicopter to remove the wreckage from the Los Padres National Forest. Then, he slowly dismantled and disposed of the remains in an attempt to thwart the federal investigation, prosecutors said.

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"Reckless" behavior from social media clicks

Jacob pleaded guilty earlier this year to destruction and concealment with intent to obstruct a federal investigation.

"It appears that (Jacob) exercised exceptionally poor judgment in committing this offense," prosecutors argued in a sentencing memorandum. "(Jacob) likely committed this crime to generate news and social media coverage for himself and for financial gain. However, this kind of 'reckless' behavior cannot be tolerated."

Jacob's lawyers requested that he be sentenced to probation instead of prison, writing in court documents that the snowboarder was "living alone on his perch" during the height of the coronavirus pandemic and made a "series of poor decisions culminating in the crime to which he has pleaded guilty."

In a letter to the judge, Jacob wrote that he was "sincerely remorseful" and had "suffered many consequences for this crime."

"While I carefully researched the plane's route to ensure that the crash would not occur near homes where people lived or trail routes, it should never have moved forward," Jacob wrote, adding that the FAA has since reinstated his pilot's license.

Prosecutors argued that a prison sentence is "necessary to prevent others from attempting this type of trick."