Call Of Duty Swatter Pleads Guilty To 51 Federal Charges After Tragic Incident
Nearly a year ago, we reported on the Call of Duty swatting incident that led to the death of an innocent man’s life. It has been a long, tumultuous road for the family and friends of the late Andrew Finch. The months following have been a mix of denial of taking part in a person’s death by the suspected swatter. Instead of maintaining status as suspect, he is now guilty of 51 federal charges.
Following nearly a year of court meetings and related procedures, Tyler Barris has officially pleaded guilty to the death of Finch and countless other incidents that have taken place all over the United States, including fake threats and calls to law enforcement. This comes as a result of a plea deal struck by Barriss’ public defender and the federal courthouse of downtown Wichita, Kansas with U.S. attorney Stephen McAllister.
Barriss accepts the “full responsibility for his conduct” and will serve a total of 20 years of federal imprisonment, so long as he sends off written letters of apology to those affected by his actions. With that said, his sentence will not surpass a total of 25 years, which begins January 30th. Following the completion of the plea deal, Barris will remain under appointed supervision for 5 years. The guilty party must also pay $5,000 for Finch’s funeral expenses and $5,100 in other costs.
In addition to this, Barriss must face the state court of three federal jurisdictions – California, Kansas, and Washington, D.C. and that trial is scheduled to begin in January. However, part of the plea deal involves prosecutors of the aforementioned states withholding any additional criminal cases files against Barriss.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Finch’s family and others affected by this tragedy. What began as a so-called “prank” resulted in the death of an innocent man. This senseless, heartless act carried out by a man-child with a lack of forethought and responsibility will only serve time in prison, while others affected by this loss must live with it for the rest of their life. This self-proclaimed “eGod” has shown a lack of character and human decency since news broke of his involvement. The future for this young man does not seem bright.
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