The swatting incident that killed Andrew Finch led Kansas lawmakers to debate a bill that is now known as the Andrew Finch Act.
Governor Jeff Colyer signed the bill into law today.
“We need to send a clear message that this behavior is unacceptable in our society,” said Governor Jeff Colyer. “It isn’t a prank, it isn’t a joke, it is a deadly serious crime and this law makes it clear that we will treat it as such. What happened to Mr. Finch was unspeakably tragic, and we hope that this law will prevent any other innocent people from losing their lives as a result of this horrific behavior,” said Gov. Colyer in a statement Thursday.
Under the bill, anyone who makes a false alarm, or swatting call that results in death or extreme injury would face a level one felony, which carries a prison sentence between 10 and 41 years, depending on criminal history.
“I am very pleased to think this legislation could possibly save lives,” said Lisa Finch, mother of Andrew.