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Suspect in deadly Kansas hoax 911 enters plea agreement

Suspect in deadly Kansas hoax 911 enters plea agreement

Tyler Barriss, 25, Los Angeles, Calif., pleaded guilty to causing a deadly swatting incident in Wichita on December 28, 2017, as well as dozens of similar crimes in which no one was injured.

Viner and Gaskill have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them and are now awaiting their trial, which is planned to occur on January 8, 2019, in Wichita. "His reasons were trivial and his disregard for the safety of other people was staggering".

Barriss, calling from Los Angeles, contacted police in Wichita, Kan., falsely claiming he had murdered his father, was holding family members hostage in his house at gunpoint and had poured gasoline all over the home with the plan of setting the house on fire. He had previously maintained he was innocent, but has now pleaded guilty and faces a sentence of up to 25 years in jail.

He pleaded guilty to a total of 51 charges filed in California and the District of Columbia which also related to other fake calls and threats, including bomb hoaxes sent to schools, universities, shopping malls and television stations.

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.

"He called from Los Angeles to emergency numbers in Ohio, New Hampshire, Nevada, Massachusetts, Illinois, Utah, Virginia, Texas, Arizona, Missouri, Maine, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, New York, Michigan, Florida and Canada", according to the AP.

Two co-defendants in the deadly swatting incident, Casey Viner, 18, and Shane Gaskill, 20, are awaiting trial.

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Twenty-six-year-old Tyler R. Barriss has a change-of-plea hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Wichita. Viner allegedly asked Barriss to "swat" Gaskill, not realizing that Gaskill gave him a false address.

Barriss is accused of calling Wichita police from Los Angeles on December 28, 2017, to report a shooting and kidnapping at a Wichita address.

What Viner didn't realize is that Gaskill had given him an old address.

A police officer responding to the call fatally shot the new resident Andrew Finch, 28, after he opened the door. Gaskill found out Barriss was stalking him and, in messages over the Internet, he dared Barriss to carry out the swat.

It is unclear what will become of separate state charges.

Tyler Barriss, 25, claimed that Andrew Finch had killed his own father and was holding family members hostage in Wichita, Kansas past year.