California man sentenced to 20 years in swatting case in Wichita

AP News Staff
March 29, 2019 - 11:36 am

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 in November to 51 charges related to fake calls and threats, the most serious one for making a false report resulting in a death.

One of Barriss' calls led to the death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch, who was not playing video games. Barriss' call followed a dispute between two other people over a $1.50 bet in "Call of Duty: WWII."

Prosecutors sought a sentence of 25 years. The defense sought 20.

The case drew attention to the practice of "swatting," a form of retaliation used by gamers and others get police to descend on an address.

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