Tyler Rai Barriss, a 25-year-old California resident, was sentenced in
March 2019 to 20 years in prison for “swatting” Andrew Finch,
a 28-year-old Kansas man, who ended up being fatally shot by police in
In retaliation over an online bet involving the game “Call of Duty,”
a gamer from Ohio named Casey Viner asked Barriss to make a false report
to Kansas police to a Wichita address, assuming it was the household of
Barriss reported that a shooting and kidnapping occurred at the address
Viner provided. However, the address was old, so authorities ending up
confronting Finch instead.
Barriss originally pled guilty to 51 federal charges stemming from making
fake emergency calls, including one count involving the death of Finch.
What is Swatting?
Swatting is defined as an act to make a prank call to emergency services
to try to bring about the dispatch of armed police officers, specifically
the SWAT team, to a specific address.
Wisconsin Law on Swatting
According to state law, knowingly making a fake 911 call is considered
a misdemeanor, punishable by a jail sentence of up to 90 days and a maximum
$600. For a second or subsequent offense within four years, it is a Class
H felony, which carries a prison term of up to six years and a fine no
more than $10,000.
If you have been arrested for swatting, it is in your best interested to
seek legal help from an experienced criminal defense attorney. For more
contact Cherella Law today.