Sentencing postponed in deadly Kansas hoax call case

Man admits his role in fatal shooting by police
Sentencing postponed in deadly Kansas hoax call case

A federal judge has delayed sentencing for a California man who admitted making a hoax call that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Tuesday delayed until March 1 sentencing for Tyler R. Barriss .

The government and defense had jointly requested more time to review objections to a presentence investigation report. The hearing had been scheduled for Jan. 30.

Barriss is accused of calling from Los Angeles on Dec. 28, 2017 to report a shooting and kidnapping at a Wichita home. Authorities say an online dispute over a video game between two gamers prompted the call. A responding officer fatally shot 28-year-old Andrew Finch after he opened the door. Finch was not the gamers’ intended target.

Barriss has pleaded guilty to 51 federal charges, including making a false report resulting in a death, cyberstalking and conspiracy related to the deadly swatting case in Kansas. The plea deal is expected to send him to prison for at least 20 years.