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Swatting Hoaxer To Be Held In Violation Of Several Laws, Plans To Change His Plea

The American man who is accused as a brain behind conducting a fatal “swatting” incident has now changed his previous statement. Tyler Barriss, the 25-year-old man, pleaded not guilty on October 1 previously. From not guilty, the man named as Tyler Barriss now will forward a guilty plea. This comes in the light of the unfortunate incident that happened in December last year. A hoax phone call by Tyler Barriss led police to fatally shoot Andrew Finch. Andrew Finch, the 28-year-old became the unfortunate victim of this swatting incident. Tyler is accused of charges such as cyberstalking, state threats, wire fraud, and conspiracy.

Tyler Barriss on Monday said that he intends to change his plea for the November 13 hearing. This hearing is scheduled to be held before U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren. A change of Plea trial is defined as when the accused wished to change his plea from guilty/not guilty to vice versa. Accordingly, the trial is held, and Tyler Barriss now plans to admit charges. Rich Federico, in charge of the trial on behalf of Tyler Barriss, didn’t comment on the issue.

December 28, 2017: Wichita Incident

On December 28, last year at 1033 W. McCormick, in south Wichita, Barriss is accused of phoning and reporting a fake murder to the police. This happened from a South LA library to settle a feud between two online gamers fighting over a Call of Duty match with a $1.50 wager. Tyler also reported a false hostage situation. The police tended to believe him. And Justin Rapp ended up shooting Finch from across the street who was unarmed. Finch opened his door to see why police lights were flashing outside. There was absent of a hostage negotiator or police SWAT team on scene. The rules weren’t followed.

Wichita Swatting
Wichita Swatting

Finch reportedly didn’t put his hands up before Wichita Police officer Justin Rapp fired. Finch is survived by two children. Swatting is the practice of making false hoax emergency calls, and Tyler Barriss’ is another addition in such cases. This case is also known as the Kansas case. However, these aren’t all charges that Barriss faces. He faces 46 charges filed by prosecutors in California. These charges he made were fake bomb threats to the Federal Communications Commission headquarters and the J. Edgar Hoover Building, which is home to the FBI’s headquarters. Tyler also reported fake shootings and other violence at schools and other locations across the country between September 2014 and December 2017.

Written by Anhaar Ahmed

My name is Anhaar Ahmed. I'm a technology journalist at Techglen. Mostly I write about all things tech but you will often find me writing about entertainment news. You can get in touch with me at anhaar@techglen.com

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