Federal Charges Filed Against Tyler Barriss And Accomplices In Witchita Swatting

Last December we reported on Tyler Barriss, a 25 year old who goes by the handle “Swautistic,” who was arrested after admitting that he called in the fake 911 call that ultimately lead to the death of 28 year old Andrew Thomas Finch. Barriss was arrested to be charged with calling in the hoax, and potentially for his part in the death of Andrew Finch. Last we left off, it didn’t appear that any punitive action would be taken against the two other individuals involved in the hoax, either the person who ‘hired’ Barriss to call the police or the Call of Duty player that gave Barriss the fake address.

Well this week a federal indictment was unsealed against Tyler Barriss as well as Casey Viner, 18 of North College Hill, Ohio, and Shane Gaskill, 19 of Witchita, Kansas. Barriss’ charges include making false/hoax reports to emergency services, cyberstalking, making interstate threats, making interstate threats to harm by fire, wire fraud and conspiracy to make false/hoax reports. Viner’s charges include wire fraud, conspiracy to make false/hoax reports, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy to obstruct justice while Gaskill is being charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and wire fraud.

If convicted, all three defendants face severe jail time and financial damages, with Tyler Barriss facing multiple life sentences for making a hoax call to emergency services and cyberstalking both leading to the death of another.

(Source: Indictment)

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