Man who made hoax call in deadly Kansas swatting seeks 20-year term
Defense portrays client as remorseful
WICHITA, Kan. — 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.
Defense attorney Rich Federico 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.
Federico portrayed his client as sincerely remorseful for calling Wichita police from Los Angeles on Dec. 28, 2017, to falsely report a shooting and kidnapping at a Wichita address. A police officer responding to the call fatally shot Andrew Finch, 28, after he opened the door. Finch, who was not playing video games, lived at the gamer’s old address.
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.
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