Governor signs anti-swatting bill, Finch family reacts

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Governor Jeff Colyer has signed a bill that would increase penalties on "swatting" or any fake calls made to police, that would ultimately result in an individual getting hurt. 

The bill, named after Andrew Finch, was first presented to lawmakers earlier this year, after a "swatting" call led to the the death of Andrew Finch in December of 2017. The bill makes "swatting" punishable by death and could result in 10 to 40 years in prison.

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Finch was in his home when a fake call was made by an individual in California, saying that Finch was holding family members hostage inside his home.

Once police arrived to the home, Finch was fatally shot. 

“We need to send a clear message that this behavior is unacceptable in our society,” said Governor Jeff Colyer. 

The bill was signed by Colyer on Thursday, just a short time after the District Attorney announced that charges would not be filed against the officer who shot Finch.

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"What happened to Mr. Finch was unspeakably tragic, and we hope that this law will prevent any other innocent people from losing their lives as a result of this horrific behavior.” Colyer said.

In response to the bill being signed, the mother of Andrew Finch says, “I am very pleased to think this legislation could possibly save lives."

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