Gamer Gets 15 Months for 'Harmless Prank'
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, the AP reports.
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, US 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.
Viner himself had been swatted just 20 days earlier to the Kansas incident, his defense attorney Jack Morrison, Jr. told the court.
He said Viner is remorseful, noting he lost about 20 pounds in recent months "on reflection of the gravity of what occurred as a result of what he believed to be a harmless prank."
Authorities said Viner recruited Tyler Barriss to "swat" an opponent, then-19-year-old Shane Gaskill, in Wichita. But the address they used was old, leading police to Finch, who was not involved in the dispute or video game.
On Dec. 28, 2017, Finch was shot by police when he opened the door to see what was happening outside.
1) Provide some details on the prank gone wrong masterminded by Casey Viner.
2) What punishments is he facing for the consequence of his prank?
3) As per his lawyer, how did he show his remorse for his awful action?
4) Do you find the 15-month imprisonment reasonable enough for the death of the victim? Justify your answer.
5) Cite some video-game-related violence and/or crimes committed in your country.
Crestfallen - dispirited and depressed; dejected