Judge sets new sentencing date in Wichita swatting death case

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A federal judge has set a new sentencing date for the California man who admitted making the hoax call that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between two online gamers.

A court notice posted Friday shows 26-year-old Tyler R. Barriss will be sentenced on March 29. The hearing had been initially scheduled for Friday but was delayed when an unrelated trial took longer than expected.

Barriss pleaded guilty in November to 51 charges related to fake calls and threats across the nation. The most serious one is for making a false report about a shooting and kidnapping that resulted in the December 2017 shooting death of Andrew Finch in Wichita.

Prosecutors are seeking a 25-year prison sentence, the defense is asking for a 20-year term.


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A California man is asking the judge for a 20-year prison sentence for making a hoax call that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between online gamers.

Twenty-six-year-old Tyler R. Barriss faces sentencing Friday in federal court in Wichita for making the false report resulting in a death. His attorney argued in a motion Barriss never intended for anyone to get hurt and his conduct was an outgrowth of the culture within the gaming community.

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Barriss pleaded guilty in November to 51 charges related to fake calls and threats across the country. He seeks the shortest term allowed in that plea deal calling for 20 to 25 years in prison.

He still faces a state trial March 4 for involuntary manslaughter and other charges.