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14 April 2024

Ohio gamer sentenced to 15 months prison in 'swatting' case

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An Ohio video game player upset about an online bet has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for recruiting another man to make a bogus emergency call in 2017 that led to police killing a Kansas man.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Friday also imposed a restriction on gaming activity by 19-year-old Casey Viner of North College Hill, Ohio, for two years.

Viner pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

He has admitted trying to hide his involvement after realizing the antic got someone killed.

Viner and Shane Gaskill of Wichita, Kansas, got into a dispute while playing Call of Duty: WWII online. Viner then asked Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles to "swat" Gaskill.

Police responding to the call shot Andrew Finch when he came to the door at Gaskill's old address.