The Brief: Tyler Barriss was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on Friday after pleading guilty on charges related to his role in a deadly swatting incident in 2017.
On Friday, Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles was sentenced by a federal judge to 20 years in prison for making false emergency calls to authorities as part of a Call Of Duty swatting bet, which resulted in the death of Andrew Finch.
In 2017, Barriss attempted to swat another gamer, Shane Gaskill after a dispute over a $1.50 wager related to a game of Call Of Duty. Casey Viner recruited Barriss to make a false call to authorities. Police responded to Barriss’s false claim that he was at an address in Wichita, had killed one person and was holding another two people hostage. Police shot Andrew Finch dead, saying they believed he was reaching for a weapon on his waistband. The address given to Barriss was outdated and Finch, who was unarmed did not know Barriss, Gaskill, or Viner.
Barriss, 26, pleaded guilty in November in Kansas a total of 51 charges including making a false report resulting in a death, cyberstalking, and conspiracy, many of which were related to other swatting incidents and hoax calls.
Barriss apologized to Finch’s family, saying he takes full responsibility for what happened. He told the court on Friday “If I could take it back, I would, but there is nothing I can do,” and “I am so sorry for that.”
Casey Viner and Shane Gaskill have also been charged for their role in the incident.
Swatting is illegal and immoral. It ruins lives. Don’t ruin yours over a stupid prank. https://t.co/FiosNCbQqs
— Omeed (@Omeed) March 29, 2019
U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister told reporters “we hope that this will send a strong message about swatting, which is a juvenile and senseless practice…We’d like to put an end to it within the gaming community and in any other contact. Swatting, as I’ve said before, is not a prank.”
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