A man gets 15 months in prison and a two-year ban from gaming after instigating a deadly swatting | PCGamesN

A man gets 15 months in prison and a two-year ban from gaming after instigating a deadly swatting

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In December 2017, Casey Viner lost a $1.50 bet in Call of Duty. He asked Tyler Barriss to place a fake emergency call that would send police to the home of the other person involved in the dispute – but Viner was given a fake address, and as a result of the swatting prank, a man with no connection to Viner named Andrew Finch was shot and killed by police.

Viner pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice in April of this year, and the US Department of Justice has confirmed that he will pay $2,500 in restitution, serve 15 months in prison, and following that term, he will serve two years on supervised release. Viner is “prohibited from engaging in any form of online gaming for two years” as part of the supervised release, according to court documents (via Polygon).

Earlier this year, Barriss pleaded guilty to making the call, and was sentenced to twenty years in prison for his role in Finch’s death, as well as numerous other threats and false reports to police.

According to NBC, Shane Gaskill, the man on the other side of Viner’s bet, has struck a deal for deferred prosecution which may lead to the charges against him being dropped.

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