Man sentenced to 20 years in fatal Wichita 'swatting' case

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP/KAKE) -

A 26-year-old California man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for a hoax call that led police to fatally shoot an unarmed Wichita man following a dispute between two people over $1.50 bet in a "Call of Duty: WWII" video game.

Twenty-six-year-old Tyler R. Barriss was sentenced Friday. He pleaded guilty in November to 51 charges related to fake calls and threats, the most serious one for making a false report resulting in a death.

Prosecutors say Shane Gaskill of Wichita was playing a Call of Duty WWII video game with Casey Viner of North College Hill, Ohio, when they argued over a $1.50 bet. Prosecutors contend Viner then asked Barriss of Los Angeles to "swat" Gaskill at 1033 West McCormick, where Gaskill once lived.

One of the officers who responded on December 28, 2017, shot and killed 28-year-old Andrew Finch who opened the door.

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Prosecutors sought a sentence of 25 years. The defense sought 20. 

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said Friday he will dismiss the state charges because Tyler Barriss would be getting more prison time in the federal case than in state court. Gaskill and Viner are awaiting trial.

“Swatting is no prank,” U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said. “Sending police and emergency responders rushing to anyone’s home based on utterly false information as some kind of joke shows an incredible disregard for the safety of other people.”

Finch's sister, Dominica Finch, says Barriss got what he deserved. The family wants to see police also be held accountable. 

Barriss apologized to Finch's family in court Friday. He said he takes full responsibility for what happened.

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