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California man gets 20 years in deadly Kansas 'Swatting' case

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Remorseless over hoax stemming from video game dispute that resulted in death of an innocent man

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California resident Tyler Barriss was sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Federal judge in Wichita on Friday in a plea deal for over 50 charges related to making false reports to police in order to provoke incidents such as the one that killed an innocent man in Kansas.

"Swatting" (or SWAT-ing) is the practice, sometimes grossly under-labeled as a 'hoax" or a "prank' of reporting violent crime occurring at someone's residence in order to provoke an armed police response.

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