Gamer admits deadly 'swatting' hoax that led police to fatally shoot man

'Call of Duty swatter' Tyler Barriss pleads guilty to 51 federal charges, receives sentence

The deal with prosecutors will send him to prison for between 20 and 25 years, if the judge accepts it. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors said Barriss was also responsible for dozens of other calls in which he made fake reports about bomb threats and active-shooter incidents at high schools, malls and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the AP reported.

This 2015 booking photo released by the Glendale, Calif., Police Department shows Tyler Raj Barriss.

Late previous year we reported the tragic news of an innocent man being shot, and killed, due to a swatting prank gone horribly, horribly wrong.

"Without ever stepping foot in Wichita, the defendant created a chaotic situation that quickly turned from risky to deadly", McAllister was quoted as saying in the statement. "His reasons were trivial and his disregard for the safety of other people was staggering". Over the course of this year, evidence has been mounting against Tyler Barriss, who was behind the swat team call, forcing him to plead guilty to the charges brought against him.

He pleaded guilty to a total of 51 charges filed in California and the District of Columbia which also related to other fake calls and threats, including bomb hoaxes sent to schools, universities, shopping malls and television stations. He made the calls from Los Angeles to emergency numbers in Ohio, New Hampshire, Nevada, Massachusetts, Illinois, Utah, Virginia, Texas, Arizona, Missouri, Maine, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, New York, Michigan, Florida and Canada.

Also charged as co-conspirators in the federal case in Kansas are online gamers Casey Viner, 18, of North College Hill, Ohio, and Shane Gaskill, 20, of Wichita.

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In May 2018, Barriss was indicted on county charges (manslaughter) and federal charges, which include cyberstalking and wire fraud, among many others.

His sentencing is set for January 30. Viner and Gaskill had exchanged friendly fire in the game, which led to them losing a match and a bet of $1.50.

Viner is accused of asking Barriss to swat Gaskill, although Gaskill allegedly fooled Barriss by claiming to still live at an old address - the address where Mr Finch lived.

In the Kansas case, Barriss admitted making hoax calls that resulted in Wichita police surrounding an old house at 1033 W. McCormick.

Viner talked Barriss into placing the call to police and stating the address given by Gaskill, it is alleged. Gaskill found out Barriss was stalking him and, in messages over the Internet, he dared Barriss to carry out the swat.

When police surrounded Finch's home, he didn't know about the swatting call, and hadn't done anything wrong - so he went outside to find out why officers were swarming the place.

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