Wichita man pleads guilty in swatting case
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - A Wichita man has pleaded guilty to his role in a swatting case that ended in the death of a local man. Shane Gaskill pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in federal court Tuesday.
Gaskill was one of three people charged in the December, 2017 swatting incident that resulted in the fatal police shooting of Andrew Finch.
The death of Finch drew national attention to “swatting,” a form of retaliation in which someone reports a false emergency to get authorities, particularly a SWAT team, to descend on an address.
Gaskill got into an online argument with Casey Viner while playing a video game. Authorities said Viner recruited Tyler Barriss to swat Gaskill. But the Wichita address was outdated, leading Wichita Police to Finch's house. Barriss called police to falsely report a shooting and kidnapping at that Wichita address. Finch was shot by a Wichita police officer.
Barriss is serving 20 years in prison. Viner received a 15-month sentence.
Gaskill faces a maximum of 20 years in prison when he's sentenced.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.