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Serial swatter off to jail for "at least 20 years"

Published: November 14, 2018
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Source: Boing Boing

Tyler Barriss, a serial hoaxer whose SWATting calls to 911 we've covered before, is off to jail. He'll serve at least 20 years, according to his plea deal, but won't be sentenced until January.

A California man has admitted making a hoax call that ultimately led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between online gamers over $1.50 bet in a Call of Duty WWII video game.

Twenty-six-year-old Tyler R. Barriss pleaded guilty to making a false report resulting in a death, cyberstalking and conspiracy related to the deadly swatting case in the Kansas. The deal with prosecutors will send him to prison for at least 20 years, if the judge accepts it. He had previously pleaded not guilty in Kansas.

28-year-old Wichita, Kansas father of two, Andrew Finch, was killed by local police in 2017 after Barriss apparently took a $1.50 in-game bet to call them on him.

Vile as he is, Barriss is just a trigger: the bomb is police enthusiasm for deadly violence on the slightest pretext. Prosecutors refused to charge Justin Rapp, the cop who actually killed Finch, though his department faces a lawsuit from his family.

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One of the online gamers accused in a video game dispute that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man is facing new charges. KWCH-TV reports that Shane Gaskill was charged Tuesday with more counts of wire fraud and making a false statement. Gaskill previously pleaded not guilty to federal counts including obstruction of justice.

Police in Florida were closing in on arresting Tyler Barriss in the month prior to him allegedly making a false hostage report that led a Wichita officer fatally shooting a 28-year-old father of two.

Tyler Barriss, the man who allegedly made the "swatting" call which led to an innocent man's death following a dispute over a Call of Duty wager match, has stated that he doesn't believe that he's responsible for the death. In an interview (via The Wichita Eagle), Barris admitted that he was involved, but said that there are many people who could be blamed.

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