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A CoD swatter by the name of Casey Viner has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after he made a call that resulted in the death of Andrew Finch.
Viner, a 19-year-old gamer from Ohio, enlisted the help of swatter Tyler Barriss to harass gamer Shane Gaskill after he lost a $1.50 bet on Call of Duty: WW2. Viner gave Bariss what he thought was Baskill’s address, but it turned out to be false.
Gaskill has been charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice, wire fraud, and making false statements during an investigation. Swatter Tyler Barriss has also been sentenced to 20 years after pleading guilty to 51 federal charges.
In April 2019, Viner pleaded guilty to the crimes of “conspiracy and obstruction of justice”. The 19-year-old CoD swatter was sentenced to 15-months of prison time alongside a restriction on all gaming activities for two years.
The family of the deceased has sued the city of Wichita, Ohio and the officers involved in Finch’s death. Due to the circumstances – Finch was shot after reaching towards his waist – the district attorney declined the lawsuit against the shooter.