Serial swatter gets 20-year prison sentence

Serial swatter Tyler Barriss get s 20-year prison sentence for engaging in multiple swatting acts.


Tyler Barriss, the 26-year-old California man responsible for the hoax 911 call that lead to the death of a Kansas man, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The Associated Press reports that the Wichita man was involved in an argument with another Call of Duty player over a $1.50 bet. Tensions escalated, leading to Barriss calling the Wichita police and telling them his opponent had murdered his father and had been holding the other family members hostage. Barriss gave the address he thought belonged to the other Call of Duty player he had been butting heads with.

Unfortunately, the address actually belonged to 28-year-old Andrew Finch, a third party uninvolved with their petty argument. Police were dispatched to Finch's home, who opened the door, and was shot when he answered the door. This incident marked the first time a swatting incident resulted in the death of one of the victims.

The other person involved in the argument, Casey Viner, with Brass was charged with conspiracy to make a false report, wire fraud, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Another involved party was charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, wire fraud, and obstruction of justice. Meanwhile, Finch's family has sued the city of Wichita.

For the uninitiated, swatting is a practice where you contact the authorities and call in a false report – it ultimately results in a lot of fear and terrifying circumstances for the party involved, and wasted money and resources from police forces. 

Barriss will be spending the next two decades in jail over a $1.50 Call of Duty bet – hope it was worth it.

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    March 29, 2019 3:35 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Serial swatter gets 20-year prison sentence

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      March 29, 2019 3:44 PM

      Good. Fuck that guy, and I hope this sentence helps put an end to this disgusting practice.

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      March 29, 2019 4:11 PM

      message sent.
      they need to take these as serious as any IRL attempted murder.

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      March 29, 2019 5:05 PM

      he should have gotten an accidental death :(

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      March 29, 2019 5:43 PM


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      March 29, 2019 9:28 PM

      Everyone involved with this convicted swatter including the supposed victim of the Swatting has been charged with crimes too because the intended target had goaded the swatter into doing his act based on the old address.

      After the incident hit the news the swatted saw it and told the other two to delete the data trail because they're going to be in trouble.

      Pretty much terrible people all around. The other two are 20 years old now and out on bail while their case at the state level continues in court.

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        March 30, 2019 12:21 AM

        Honestly, wish the cops got charged too.. the caller didn't describe the house right, cops went ahead anyway, ended up shooting an unarmed man.

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          March 30, 2019 5:19 AM

          agreed. the fact this works and ended up killing a guy should be a big red flag.

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      March 30, 2019 5:59 AM

      Why did the cops murder the guy opening his door?

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        March 30, 2019 6:10 AM

        Deemed expendable by the state

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        March 30, 2019 6:51 AM

        The shooter thought he saw the victim reach into his waistband and pull out a gun, despite there being no gun and no one else seeing this.

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      March 30, 2019 7:21 AM


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      March 30, 2019 7:25 AM

      Nice. Hope he doesn't get treated well there.

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      March 30, 2019 9:11 AM

      It still pisses me and a lot of us off locally that the cop had no punishment.

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