Though Grand Theft Auto may be all about letting players do crimes without doing the time, the same cannot be said of 18-year-old Arion Kurtaj, who was sentenced to an indefinite hold in a mental hospital after leaking footage of GTA 6 last year.
Previously deemed unfit to stand trial due to his autism diagnosis, a U.K. judge ordered Kurtaj, a member of international hacker group Lapus$, to stay in a mental hospital until he is “no longer a danger.”
The 18-year-old hacker responsible for leaking game clips from 'GTA 6' has been sentenced to life in a hospital prison.— Censored Men (@CensoredMen) December 21, 2023
This means he must remain in the hospital, for whatever amount of time, until doctors no longer deem him a threat.
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This decision comes as Kurtaj allegedly "continued to express the intent to return to cyber-crime as soon as possible,” per a mental health assessment, one describing him as “highly motivated."
Though Kurtaj was not responsible for the GTA 6 trailer hack earlier this month, the teen’s defense mentioned the clip’s popularity in a sentence hearing, asserting that the trailer's popularity proved that Kurtaj’s hacks must have not done that much damage to Rockstar, per BBC News.
So take it from Kurtaj — crime doesn’t pay … other than in free grippy socks and fruit cups.