Swatting

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March 29, 2019 - 9:24 pm
A California man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for making bogus emergency calls to authorities across the U.S., including one that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between two online players over a $1.50 bet in the Call of Duty: WWII video game. U.S...
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Steve Boyer
March 29, 2019 - 2:09 pm
A California man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a hoax call that led police to fatally shoot an unarmed Kansas man following a dispute between two people over $1.50 bet in a "Call of Duty: WWII" video game. Twenty-six-year-old Tyler R. Barriss was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty...
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March 29, 2019 - 4:32 am
A California man faces decades in prison when he's sentenced for making hoax emergency calls, including one that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man. Tyler R. Barriss will be sentenced Friday in federal court in Wichita, Kansas. The 26-year-old California man has pleaded guilty to 51 charges...
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March 04, 2019 - 1:57 pm
A man from Ohio whose online video game dispute allegedly led to a deadly hoax call in Wichita has told a federal court in Kansas that he plans to change his plea. A court notice posted on Monday sets an April 3 change-of-plea hearing for 19-year-old Casey Viner of North College Hill, Ohio. He is...
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Dreamstime
December 29, 2018 - 5:20 am
One year ago, a swatting call lead to the death of Andrew Finch. Finch family advocate Ann Jones said the community is still showing their support for Finch's family a year later and that support means a lot to them. 28-year-old Andrew Finch's life was cut short after a phony 911 call sent police...
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December 18, 2018 - 7:00 pm
A federal judge has delayed the trial of an online gamer charged with a hoax that ultimately led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man. The attorney for Casey Viner,18, of North College Hill, Ohio, asked for more time to complete plea negotiations. The judge on Tuesday set a new trial for Feb. 12...
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December 18, 2018 - 12:30 pm
A federal judge has delayed the trial of an online gamer charged with a hoax that ultimately led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man. The attorney for 18-year-old Casey Viner of North College Hill, Ohio, asked for more time to complete plea negotiations. The judge on Tuesday set a new trial for...
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November 13, 2018 - 2:06 pm
A California man accused of making a hoax phone call that led police to fatally shoot an unarmed man in Kansas is expected to enter new pleas. Twenty-six-year-old Tyler R. Barriss has a change-of-plea hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Wichita. He was indicted in Kansas for conspiracy to...
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August 06, 2018 - 5:14 am
A Kansas woman convicted in connection with a "swatting" event has been sentenced to probation. The Hutchinson News on Friday reported that Reno County District Judge Joe McCarville gave Hutchinson woman Tatumn Marie Watkins one year of probation. The 20 year old pleaded guilty last month to...
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July 18, 2018 - 11:02 am
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...
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