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Sun Sep 15, 2019, 06:09 PM Sep 2019

Ohio gamer sentenced to 15 months prison in 'swatting' case

An Ohio gamer upset about a $1.50 bet while playing Call of Duty: WWII online was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison for recruiting a prankster to make a bogus emergency call that resulted in the fatal shooting of a Kansas man by police.

Casey Viner, 19, of North College Hill, Ohio, also is restricted from gaming activity for two years while he is on supervised release after serving his prison term, U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren said in announcing the sentence.

Viner repeatedly gulped and appeared crestfallen as the judge announced his sentencing decision. He glanced into the courtroom gallery where his parents were seated. His tearful mother got up and left the courtroom. His father, an Ohio law enforcement officer, put his head into his hands.

Viner pleaded guilty in April to felony charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice in the hope that he would not be sentenced to prison. Viner admitted trying to hide his involvement in the 2017 incident when he realized the antic had gotten someone killed.


IMO 15 months is too light a sentence for the gravity of his crime.

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Ohio gamer sentenced to 15 months prison in 'swatting' case (Original Post) Zorro Sep 2019 OP
Agreed. 15 years might act as more of a deterrent... GReedDiamond Sep 2019 #1
Way too light. Karadeniz Sep 2019 #2
FIFTEEN FUCKING MONTHS!? Jake Stern Sep 2019 #3
Well, he told the judge he is "awfully sorry". nt. Mariana Sep 2019 #6
Most judges are just as criminal as the people they're judging, IMHO. dickthegrouch Sep 2019 #4
Yeah, too light, see how tough he is in prison without his keyboard n/t Baclava Sep 2019 #5
The cop should go to jail too ecstatic Sep 2019 #7


(5,331 posts)
1. Agreed. 15 years might act as more of a deterrent...
Sun Sep 15, 2019, 06:13 PM
Sep 2019

...to others who think about "swatting" somebody.

This idiot got somebody killed, 15 months is a joke.

Jake Stern

(3,145 posts)
Sun Sep 15, 2019, 09:21 PM
Sep 2019

I know a guy who spent 24 months in federal prison for trying to sell $50 worth of SNAP benefits to raise rent money.

Totally obscene.


(3,265 posts)
4. Most judges are just as criminal as the people they're judging, IMHO.
Sun Sep 15, 2019, 09:45 PM
Sep 2019

This is particularly egregious. I hope there's some rationale behind it, such as making the murderer pay off a $50M wrongful death suit by the wife and kids of his victim, which he couldn't do from jail.


(33,186 posts)
7. The cop should go to jail too
Sun Sep 15, 2019, 10:58 PM
Sep 2019

Had he not just blindly started shooting, the victim would be alive. That's not OK, regardless of what they thought was going on.

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