Swatting suspect agrees to plead guilty to new federal charges

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Tyler Barris, the man accused of making a phony 911 call that led to the shooting death of a Wichita man, has agreed to plead guilty to 46 new federal charges filed against him in California, according to a court document signed by Barriss on on October 18, 2018.

The allegations in those charges range from September of 2015 to December of 2017.

Barris has agreed to plead guilty to those charges, which accuse him of making threats toward police departments and other public buildings across several states. The new charges include conveying false information regarding the use of an explosive device, conspiring to commit bank fraud and aiding and abetting.

Court documents show the jurisdiction of that case will move from California to Kansas.

Barriss still faces involuntary manslaughter charges in Kansas for the December 2017 death of 28-year-old Andrew Finch. Police say an online dispute between two gamers led Barriss to make a phone call from Los Angeles that sent police to what Barriss mistakenly thought was one of the gamer’s home. A Wichita police officer shot Finch when he answered the door before authorities realized the call was a hoax.

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