and hired someone else to make a prank call to the police.
This led to the death of 28-year old Andrew Finch in Wichita, Kansas. Back in April, Viner pleaded guilty to felony charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice as Viner tried to hide his involvement in the crime during the investigation.
Viner’s lawyers recommended two years’ probation, but NBC reported that U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren sentenced Viner to 15 months of prison, plus a two-year ban on gaming activities.
Swatting is an increasingly scrutinized crime as the practice has drawn major media attention in recent years. Earlier this year, Tyler Rai Barriss was sentenced in Kansas for a fatal Swatting incident and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Watch our video on the Call of Duty swatting case below.
States like California and New Jersey introduced legislation to increase the punishment for Swatting, and a bipartisan bill in Congress made Swatting a federal crime.
Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter.