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Wed Jun 13, 2018, 08:33 PM

Video Gamers Plead Not Guilty in Kansas 'Swatting' Death

Source: Time



Casey Viner, 18, of Ohio, one of the three men accused of orchestrating a swatting call that ended with a 28-year-old
man being killed by a Wichita, Kan., police officer last December, was in federal court in Wichita on Wednesday, June
13, 2018. Viner pleaded not guilty to several counts of wire fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to
obstruct justice. (AP Photo/Bo Rader, The Wichita Eagle)/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

By ROXANA HEGEMAN / AP June 13, 2018

(WICHITA, Kan.) — Two online gamers whose dispute over a $1.50 Call of Duty WWII video game bet allegedly led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in a “swatting” case that drew national attention.

Casey Viner, 18, of North College Hill, Ohio, and Shane Gaskill, 19, of Wichita, are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, wire fraud and other counts.

Viner allegedly became upset at Gaskill while playing the popular online game. Authorities say he then asked 25-year-old Tyler Barriss of Los Angeles to “swat” Gaskill at an address that Gaskill had previously provided him. Swatting is a form of retaliation sometimes used by gamers, who call police and make a false report to send first responders to an online opponent’s address.

Barriss is accused of calling Wichita police from Los Angeles on Dec. 28 to report a shooting and kidnapping at a Wichita address. Authorities say Barris researched the address Viner had given him for Gaskill and verified it was a home. When Gaskill noticed Barriss was following him on Twitter, he began communicating with Barriss through direct messages in which he also gave him that same old address and dared him to swat him.

Read more: http://time.com/5311776/video-gamers-plead-not-guilty-in-kansas-swatting-death/

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Reply Video Gamers Plead Not Guilty in Kansas 'Swatting' Death (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jun 2018 OP
bucolic_frolic Jun 2018 #1
Crash2Parties Jun 2018 #2
eggplant Jun 2018 #3
marble falls Jun 2018 #6
NutmegYankee Jun 2018 #4
JI7 Jun 2018 #5
IronLionZion Jun 2018 #7

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 08:40 PM

1. Actions have consequences

Things were set in motion with a horrible end result. Hard to believe he'll walk from wire fraud and conspiracy.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 09:24 PM

2. This story is being so poorly reported everywhere

In many postings its hard to tell who was the victim & who was responsible.

Maybe it's to avoid the obvious issue completely.

"Wichita officer who killed Andrew Finch in 'swatting' mistake won't be charged The unidentified officer believed that Finch, who was unarmed, was reaching for a gun during the hoax 911 call, the district attorney says.
[...]
Authorities said Finch, who appeared to have no connection to the prank caller, was shot by a Wichita police officer who reported having seen Finch lower his hands toward his waist. Finch was pronounced dead at a hospital."

(from https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/wichita-officer-who-killed-andrew-finch-swatting-mistake-won-t-n865626 )

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2018, 09:29 PM

3. Cleans up nicely.

I hope the jury gives him a long prison sentence.

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Response to eggplant (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 07:46 AM

6. I wonder where he got the clown collar on that shirt...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 05:38 AM

4. The actual murderer is still free.

This would just be a waste of resources if some savage hadn’t shot an unarmed man on his own porch.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 06:35 AM

5. fuck all 4 of them. the 3 gamer scumbags and the incompetent cop

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2018, 09:35 AM

7. People need to be charged for false reports to police

it's not OK.

Barriss and Viner face federal charges of conspiracy to make false reports. Barriss also is charged with making false reports and hoaxes, cyberstalking, making interstate threats, making interstate threats to harm by fire and wire fraud. He was not in court Wednesday.

Prosecutors say the most serious charge of making a hoax call carries a potential life sentence because it resulted in a death, and some of the other charges carry sentences of up to 20 years.


More:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/06/14/two-rival-gamers-allegedly-involved-in-kansas-swatting-death-plead-not-guilty-in-federal-court/?utm_term=.cc9e495a9109

https://apnews.com/3a018e7f4aa64545a5c7d9ce7c61c450/Gamers-in-court-for-first-time-after-Kansas-%27swatting%27-death

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