Man Sentenced to 15 Months and Banned from Gaming After Fatal Swatting Incident

A man has been sentenced to 15 months in prison, plus a two-year gaming ban after a swatting call led to a person's death.

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TeamIcoFan1242d ago

Idiot should've gotten life.

DaDrunkenJester1242d ago

Apparently this guy had someone else call in the SWAT, and that guy got 20 years. But I feel like the person who ordered the hit should get the same. Does the person who hires the hitman not get as much time?

xTonyMontana1242d ago (Edited 1242d ago )

I don't think Swatting someone is considered the same as hiring a hitman, the police don't go around assassinating people.

nveenio1242d ago

@xTonyMontana, They don't? Seems like they kill people "accidentally" an awful lot lately.

lucian2291242d ago

Lol Tony, that's all they've been doing. Or do you live in a shoe?

They are trained to kill first, ask questions later.

Kingthrash3601242d ago

Both should have gotten life. Imo

dumahim1242d ago

The guy who got 20 years wasn't just for the one swatting incident though. He was facing 51 charges in total. A quick search only shows it was about 30 bomb threats including one on a school and fraud and mischief charges in Canada for harassing a woman in Calgary.

SkatterBrain1242d ago

but what did the person that got swatted do to get them to shoot him? if he complied with theyre screaming he shouldnt have been shot, unless its another shoot now ask questions later that are always on the news

Vipre771242d ago

The guy thought they were there for a neighbor or something. Came out of his house to see what was going on while wearing some loose pants or shorts and reached to pull them up and the cops shot because they thought he might be reaching for a gun.

mikeslemonade1241d ago

This is where the court system fails. If anything the person who came up with the idea should as much time or more time. The court system should ask me to hand out years in prison because people are getting either too much time or too little. They’re getting too little money or too much money.

nveenio1241d ago

@SkatterBrain, I saw a video once of a guy who was in a parking lot. A cop stopped in for no reason and said, "Let me see your ID." As soon as the guy went to grab his ID, the cop shot him. The cop's first thought wasn't that the guy was doing as he was told.

Cops are supposed to be trained to be cool in those high stress situations, not people. Don't blame people for a cop's itchy finger. That's just wrong.

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Mithan1242d ago

And a public canning so other stupid people get a clue. Justice should be visible.

abstractel1242d ago (Edited 1242d ago )

Life? He's an asshole who needs anger management but can you even picture what it's like to be in a US prison for even just a single year?

Also, SWAT needs to f'ing chill out, this is a real issue. What in the ever loving f*** made them pull the trigger? Did he even have a single object in his hand when it happened? I feel incredibly bad for the family who lost a loved one, and for the kid not to get to live out his life.

Seraphim1242d ago

I read an article earlier. Not sure if all of this mentioned in the IGN article.

Apparently this guy had someone else actually make the call. The person who made the call was recently convicted of making a TON of 911 [Swatting] calls and sentenced to 20 years. The guy who was suppose to get swatted was also convicted for giving this guy his old address which resulted in the guys death. If I recall that person got probation. 15 months does seem light but it's also, I imagine, at least 1 year in prison. All one can hope is the kid learned from this and is able to get hit shit together afterwards. At the same time harsher punishments might be needed to actually stop this ridiculous and reckless tactic from happening.

NoneYuh1242d ago

Idk, if you’re this level of shitty person then I doubt one year of prison will change that.

DVAcme1242d ago

@NoneYuh The guy isnt a hardened criminal. He's a dumbass gamer kid. Even if he DOES deserve more time behind bars, that one year and change will be WAY more hellish to him than to a career criminal. He'll be someone's bitch within the week.

ABizzel11242d ago

The problem is that the person being killed in these ignorant incidents can no longer live the life they were supposed to. The family that loved and cared for them can no longer see their loved one, because of the actions of some fool online.

Swatting should be the equivalent of 1st /2nd-degree murder for the person who calls, and all other parties that participate should be accessories to 1st /2nd-degree murder, and if specific state laws forbid it, then it should be attempted murder from all parties involved.

Send these people to jail for 5 - 20 years like the criminals they are, because the victim can no longer enjoy the life they once had, and their family can no longer wake up to them anymore.

PhoenixUp1242d ago (Edited 1242d ago )

That’s a relatively light sentence for essentially murdering a person even if it was indirectly

Snookies121242d ago (Edited 1242d ago )

"Relatively" light? What do you mean relatively? This fool should have been locked up for 15 years, not 15 months. It's insane this isn't considered straight up murder. Hoping this idiot gets a lot of attention from fellow inmates at the very least.

DVAcme1242d ago

He will. He's not a career criminal, hes a snot-nosed kid. He'll be someone's bitch within the week.

rainslacker1242d ago (Edited 1242d ago )

Not sure what the sentence if it went to trial would have been in the state he lived in, but apparently he made a deal for that sentence. Apparently, the original deal was not as hefty, and the judge countered with this one, and it was either accept it for both parties, or said the DA had to take it to court, or drop the case.

I asked my wife, and she looked up the case through some lawyer thing she has, and while it hasn't all gone into record yet, apparently the DA's case only had a few pieces of hard evidence that he instigated the swatting, but nothing that stipulated the actual extent to what he wanted the guy who made the call or how far he should say the situation was. Like, he didn't say that the caller should say that the guy had already killed a hostage, which would cause the SWAT team to be more reactive to any action the suspect made.

She didn't read the whole case. That'd probably take her a while.

Not that I wish to try and justify this guys actions, nor get into a debate about if the one officer reacted appropriately, just what it seems that happened when it comes to the court case.

In the case of the caller, he got 20 years, but had other charges against him as well. Involuntary manslaughter, which this was, doesn't carry such a heavy sentence....and there are multiple levels of manslaughter based on intent, and the circumstances.

Fist4achin1242d ago

A plea and cooperation will go a lot further than getting hammered from a full blown trial and getting sentenced. Also, there is a such thing as an earlier plea working better to a defendants advantage versus pleading right before the trial starts. I'm sure there were other factors involved such as their prior criminal histories.

Rapidfirepunches1241d ago

Your wife can look up case records AND your dad works at Microsoft? Who else in your family is an insider?

rainslacker1241d ago (Edited 1241d ago )


I'm not sure what you're trying to say exactly. If I understand correctly, you're saying that a plea is more likely to lead to a leniant sentence for the defendant?

While that is true, pleas are usually only given when the trial isn't a slam dunk, or there is even a slim chance that reasonable doubt can be found. A trial may not lead to a longer conviction though, as a judge can supercede the DA if they feel the charge isn't correct, and sentencing hearings will determine the sentence based on the evidence presented in the trial.

I really have no idea what all the factors are were in this case. When it comes to law and trials, it seems there are many scenarios that could come up, and while I'm sure there are statistics somewhere dealing with this stuff, I don't know if some things are more likely than others in different situations. Knowing lawyers, they would never commit to saying that something is likely to happen in any given case.


My dad does't work for MS. Never said he did. I work in the industry making tools that we license out to game engine makers or game developers. From that, I have a lot of connections within the industry, and know quite a few things. I rarely share that on here, because I tend to feel I should respect the confidence that I hear such things in, and if I do say things, it's usually factual things that can be found through some deeper research, or broad sweeping generalities that don't implicate anything.

My wife is a lawyer. She has been since I met her. She deals primarily in civil rights law cases, and is a fine litigator in open court. I Often ask her questions on legal matters I see on here, which I then convey here, because sometimes people say things, or wonder things, and I think it's interesting and others might as well. I tend to try and keep it as factual as possible, and if I offer an opinion either way, I make it clear its an opinion, and not the more pragmatic approach to just saying this is how things work.

As far as looking up case records....yeah, anyone really can. Outside of some types of cases, they are public record from a public trial. Criminal trials have public documents to say what happened, and even though there may not have been a trial, the records of what happened, why it happened, the evidence that was there, the decisions of the court, and the statements of the lawyers on why they did things are all part of that record. For obvious reasons, it's not usually as easy as just going to the courthouse and asking for the trial records. There is beuracracy involved, but lawyers look up cases all the time to cite precedence and see how other courts handled similar cases. There are various electronic services out there which make looking up cases easier, with added features like the mystical search engine.

Beyond that, if I have any other insider family members, I really don't know who they are....other than my one uncle, who is a janitor at Nintendo.

Rapidfirepunches1239d ago


Nobody has ever called me by my first name before. Did we just become best friends?

rainslacker1238d ago

I like to be brief where I can, which isn't usually in my comments.:)

Sorry for being so familiar, didn't mean to offend.

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TheGamez1001242d ago

Screw the f***ers that call in a swat and think of it as a joke. This needs more attention with streaming being so popular nowadays.

rainslacker1242d ago

Beyond the terrible things that can come with it, I'm saddened by the fact that people think things like this are appropriate ways to handle a situation. Moreso, in some cases, it's supposed to be a joke, while in others like this one, it's in retaliation.

In cases like this, I really wonder what goes through these people's heads, and what they really hope to gain from it. I don't think the guy who put all this in motion wanted the guy dead...or at least hope...but what exactly would he get from it in the end? Self-gratification that someone else was put through the traumatic experience of having SWAT come into one's hope, yelling and then being questioned about having hostages? Even if the victim didn't lose his life, with his family being shattered fro it, how sad is it that someone would really feel somehow superior over someone else because they did something so cowardly. If I knew this guy, and he said he swatted someone, and nothing terrible had happened, I'd wonder what the hell was wrong with him, and then never want to see him again.

Immagaiden1242d ago

This is going to continue happening until there becomes heavier sentences for this behavior