Tyler Barriss has plead guilty to phoning in false reports that resulted in the death of a father-of-two.
In addition, Barriss admitted to having made hoax bomb threats to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, schools, universities, shopping malls and TV stations among other crimes.
"Without ever stepping foot in Wichita, the defendant created a chaotic situation that quickly turned from unsafe to deadly", U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said in a news release.
Casey Viner and Shane Gaskill were playing the wagered CoD game, and it was Viner who contacted Barriss asking him to swat his opponent. "His reasons were trivial and his disregard for the safety of other people was staggering".More news: Djokovic beats Zverev, eyes ATP Finals semis
Barriss will be sentenced on January 30, 2019, while Viner, 18, of OH, and Gaskill, 20, of Kansas, are still awaiting trial after denying any wrongdoing. The 28-year-old had been at home with his mother, and upon hearing law enforcement outside of his home, he opened the door and was tragically shot dead by police. Gaskill previously lived at the address, handing it to Viner and subsequently Barriss during the disagreement. When Gaskill noticed Barriss was following him on Twitter, he began communicating with Barriss through direct messages in which he also gave him that same old address and dared him to swat him. Gaskill fooled Barriss, however, by claiming to live at 1033 W. McCormick.
Barriss also pleaded guilty to charges of making a bomb threat against the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the FCC in Washington DC, and to 46 counts of false reports made to emergency numbers in multiple states and the Canadian province of Alberta from calls originating in Los Angeles.
A California man accused of making a hoax phone call that led police to fatally shoot an unarmed man in Kansas is expected to enter new pleas.
Sentencing is set for January 30 before U.S. District Court Judge Eric Melgren. He was indicted in Kansas for conspiracy to make a false call, cyberstalking and other crimes related to the hoax call.More news: Canadian PM Trudeau Says In Talks With Pakistan Over Asia Bibi
As part of his plea agreement, he has agreed to contribute towards the victim Andrew Finch's funeral costs and to be supervised for five years after his release from prison, according to local newspaper the Wichita Eagle.
The court will also take up cases initially filed in California and the District of Columbia related to other fake calls and threats.
When police surrounded Finch's home, he didn't know about the swatting call, and hadn't done anything wrong - so he went outside to find out why officers were swarming the place.More news: Dow futures up over 100 points after Monday's sharp pullback