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Casey Viner a man who plotted to have a fellow gamer’s house “swatted” over an argument that stemmed from the video game Call of Duty: WWII — resulting in a man’s death — was sentenced to 15 months in prison Friday.
Casey Viner of North College Hill, Ohio, pleaded guilty to conspiring to make fake calls to Wichita police in 2017, prompting officers to think they were dealing with a man who had shot his father. Casey S. Viner guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of obstructing justice.
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Casey Viner age is 19 Years,
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But Gaskill gave Viner the wrong address, and police responded to the home of an unrelated man, Andrew Finch. Fearing he was armed, officers shot and killed him.
After pleading guilty, Viner admitted he tried to hide his role in the deadly plot when he realized someone had been killed.
The deadly consequence of the call drew national attention to the “swatting,” in which people try to send armed police officers to a home, giving them false information that would make them assume they are responding to a violent and possibly dangerous crime scene.
Prosecutors in the case filed charges against Viner and Tyler Barriss, who helped make the actual call. Barriss, a 26-year-old from Los Angeles, was sentenced in March to 20 years in prison
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Viner pleaded guilty in April to felony charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice in the hope that he would not be sentenced to prison. Viner admitted trying to hide his involvement in the 2017 incident when he realized the antic had gotten someone killed.
Viner, prosecutors said, wanted armed police officers to respond to the home of Shane Gaskill, 20 because the two had argued over the video game and a $1.50 wager.
Prosecutors and defense lawyers in their plea agreement had recommended a sentence of two years of probation, with the added condition that Viner is confined for six months to his home unless attending school, work or church. They also jointly recommended gaming restriction.
The death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch in Wichita, Kansas, 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, who had previously given his old Wichita address to Viner, was charged as a co-conspirator after knowingly giving Barriss the same former address and taunting him to “try something.”
Authorities said Viner recruited Tyler R. Barriss to “swat” an opponent, 20-year-old Shane Gaskill, in Wichita. But the address they used was old, leading police to Finch, who was not involved in the dispute or video game.
Barriss, a 26-year-old Los Angeles man with an online reputation for “swatting,” called the police from Los Angeles on Dec. 28, 2017, to falsely report a shooting and kidnapping at that Wichita address. Finch was shot by police when he opened the door to see what was happening outside.
The federal indictment alleged that a forensic examination of Viner’s iPhone recovered his deleted outgoing messages to unknown persons, including one in which Viner allegedly wrote: “I was involved in someone’s death.”
Finch’s family has sued the city of Wichita and the officers involved. Police have said the officer who shot Finch thought he was reaching for a gun because he moved a hand toward his waistband. The local district attorney declined to charge the officer.
Gaskill has struck a deal for deferred prosecution that could allow the charges against him to be dropped.
Barriss was sentenced in March to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to 51 counts for making fake emergency calls and threats around the country, including the deadly hoax call in Kansas. Prosecutors believe it is the longest prison sentence ever imposed for “swatting
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