According to the U.S Attorney's Office, as part of his guilty pleas, Barriss admitted that he'd gotten involved with two others gamers - one from OH and the other from Wichita - after the two had a falling out while playing "Call of Duty" online.
The two gamers whose argument during an online Call of Duty wager match preceded the deadly Wichita swatting call - Casey Viner of OH and Shane Gaskill of Wichita - are still awaiting trial for their roles in Finch's death.
Under a plea deal, Tyler R. Barriss pleaded guilty in November to 51 charges stemming from a fake 911 call about a hostage situation that led to police killing unarmed Wichita resident Andrew Finch, according to the Associated Press. But Barriss had made dozens of such calls before that and was "known as the guy on Twitter that is good at this", his attorney, Richard Federico, said. Casey Viner of OH and Shane Gaskill of Wichita were accused of being the two "Call of Duty: WWII" players who sparked the incident.
Authorities said Viner provided Barriss with an address for Gaskill that Gaskill had previously given to Viner.
Finch's family has sued the city of Wichita and the officers involved, who have not been identified. An officer opened fire and Finch was killed, according to police. Prosecutors, however, have declined to charge the unidentified law enforcement agent. The intended target, Shane Gaskill, had taunted them by giving them an older address, telling them to "try something".
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This results in a forceful response from local police or SWAT teams, who have no way to know the call is a hoax. One of his gaming companions told him to swat the opponent, but gave him an incorrect address, leading to Finch's death. "It may not sound as honest as I want", said Barriss.
Barriss accepted responsibility for his crimes at the sentencing Friday. "I just wish I could have rewound somehow and just never done it".
When Wichita police arrived at the address, an officer shot and killed Andrew Finch, 28, as he stood at the front door of his home.
McAllister told reporters it is "by far the longest prison sentence in the country ever imposed for the practice of swatting". Earlier this year, Finch's niece Adelina committed suicide. In the Barriss case, the home he "swatted" ended in a fatal shooting which he is now being held accountable for. Viner-the man who allegedly asked Barriss to swat Gaskill-was charged with conspiracy. Gaskill is scheduled for trial April 23.