Casey Viner Faces Jail Time for Swatting Gone Wrong
Earlier in the year, Jake covered the sentencing of Tyler Bariss over the death of Andrew Finch in a swatting call back in December 2017, which earned Bariss a 20-year prison sentence back in late March.
Now Casey Viner, his accomplice in the crime, is also facing jail time, though for a significantly shorter period.
Viner was sentenced yesterday to 15 months in prison for his role in the call, and will also face a two-year ban from gaming after his release.
What Did it Cost?
The tragic incident began back in 2017 after Viner and another player, Shane Gaskill, got into an argument over a $1.50 match bet they participated in. This lead to an escalating series of threats online.
After a certain point, Gaskill dared Viner to do something about their beef. He gave the man his real address, though in reality, it was a former address he’d resided at, stating he’d be waiting for Viner.
The address would prove fake, however, and belonged to Andrew Finch, a family man with no relation to either player.
Viner then went to Tyler Bariss, a man who swatted others for hire, including several school bomb threats and one directed at the FBI headquarters, and proceeded to have him swat the address.
Bariss called 911 and informed the police, under the alias “Brian,” that he killed his father and held his family hostage, threatening to burn their house to the ground.
Police quickly arrived at the scene, and when Mr. Finch stepped outside to check what was going on, he was shot dead on the spot.
After the incident, Gaskill told Viner to “try again,” though Viner was never able to as Bariss was arrested and all three men charged.
Gaskill is still awaiting his sentencing on the tragic incident, though he is expected to be sometime soon.
The incident also brought up a discussion on the rising growth of swatting in the gaming community. The US Representative Ron Estas put forward the Andrew T. Finch Memorial Act of 201, which aims to punish those found guilty of swatting with up to a life sentence if a death occurs because of it.
The bill has been referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigation, though no progress has been made at this time.