Man gets 20 years for hoax call that led to fatal police shooting [telecom]

CBS News reported that a California man was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison for making bogus emergency calls to authorities across the U.S., including one that led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man following a dispute between two online players over a $1.50 bet in the "Call of Duty: WWII" video game. U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren sentenced [accused person], 26, under a deal in which he pleaded guilty in November to a total of 51 federal charges related to fake calls and threats.

The 2017 death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch drew national attention to the practice of "swatting," a form of retaliation in which someone reports a false emergency to get authorities, particularly a SWAT team, to descend on an address. Authorities said an Ohio gamer recruited [accused person] to "swat" a Wichita gamer, but the address they used was old, leading police to Finch, who was not involved in the video game or the dispute.

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***** Moderator's Note *****

Ellis Paul was right: the man convicted is a loser, and that's all I want to know about him. I won't repeat his name. Prime Miniter Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand has set an example for the rest of the world, by refusing to name the shooter at the Mosques in Christchurch, and thus has brought credit to herself and the nation she leads, by deciding not to pretend that knowing who committed a crime is the same thing as taking action to prevent it happening again.

Bill Horne Moderator

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