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Justice has been served. Notorious Call of Duty swatter Tyler Barriss has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. The verdict was read on Friday, March 29 according to the AP.
Swatting is the act of calling law enforcement with a fabricated story of a crime that would draw out significant police force such as the swat team.
While he was known throughout the gaming community for his swatting for years, it was the December 2017 incident that finally drew action and consequence. An altercation during a Call of Duty wagers match resulted in Barriss making a false hostage situation call to authorities and to the wrong address. Officers would arrive at the home of 28-year-old Andrew Finch. Finch was shot and killed.
The 20-year sentence comes as part of a plea deal taken by Barriss and his legal team. Barriss was accused of “51 federal charges related to fake calls and threats,” the AP states.
It is hoped that this sort of punishment will help to deter kids, teens, and adults for committing such acts. Swatting became prevalent and more well known when it began happening to popular Twitch streamers but seems to have dropped off in the last year or two in regards to the online streaming platform.