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Gamer Sentenced To 15 Months In Jail After Prank Phone Call Led To Man’s Death

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Gamer Sentenced To 15 Months In Jail After Prank Phone Call Led To Man’s Death

An Ohio man whose fake emergency phone call led police to shot and kill a Kansas man was sentenced to 15 months in jail.

CNN reports Casey S.Viner appeared in court Friday for making a false report of a hostage situation leading to the death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch in December 2017. During the hearing, Viner confessed that he had an argument with another gamer in Wichita over a game of “Call of Duty: WWII” after his character was killed during a multiplayer match. Viner threatened to “swat” his teammate and the gamer provided an address and told Viner to “Please try some sh*t.” Viner asked Tyler Raj Barriss to make the call.

After Barriss contacted police, they arrived the gamer’s home but it turned out he provided an old address instead of his current address. Fincher was living at the gamer’s old home before his death. A report stated that a man told a 911 dispatcher that he shot his father in the head, and held his mother and brother at gunpoint. He also “threatened” to commit suicide and planned to set the house on fire. Wichita police surrounded Fincher’s home and shot him when he dropped his hands as they told him to exit the home with his arms raised.

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Barriss pleaded guilty on one count of making a false report resulting in death and other counts of making calls. The other Wichita man involved in the case was placed on deferred prosecution. He was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison earlier this month.

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Viner is required to pay a $2,500 restitution fee and serve two years of supervised release.


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