'Call of Duty swatter' Tyler Barriss pleads guilty to 51 federal charges, receives sentence - Dexerto
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‘Call of Duty swatter’ Tyler Barriss pleads guilty to 51 federal charges, receives sentence

Published: 14/Nov/2018 9:50 Updated: 14/Nov/2018 17:07

by Matt Porter

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Infamous ‘Call of Duty swatter’ Tyler Barriss has accepted a deal that will see him serve 20 to 25 years in prison, after pleading guilty to 51 federal charges.

The deal still needs to be approved by the judge who is presiding over his case, with Barriss able to recant his plea and proceed to trial if the judge chooses to decline the deal.

The Los Angeles resident was arrested in the aftermath of a fatal swatting incident, when Barriss made a hoax call to law enforcement in Wichita, Kansas, claiming that he had murdered his father and was holding hostages in a house.

Barriss believed the address belonged to Shane Gaskill, and had been asked by Casey Viner to perform the swatting after a dispute over a Call of Duty match.

The house actually belonged to 28-year-old Andrew Fitch, and when the father of two opened his front door, he was shot dead by a police officer. Barriss was arrested in Los Angeles and then extradited to Kansas on charges of raising false alarm and manslaughter. 

Barris was then indicted on 46 new charges brought by federal prosecutors in both the Central District of California and the District of Columbia in relation to other swattings, credit card fraud and hoax bomb threats he made to several schools and federal agencies, including the offices of the FBI.

KSNBarriss appeared in court for the first time back in May 2018.

Shane Gaskill and Casey Viner have both been charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, wire fraud and several other counts, but have so far plead not guilty to these federal charges.

Both will now head to trial, which is set to take place on Tuesday, January 8 in Wichita, Kansas.

We will continue to update the story as more information is made available. 

H/T: AP/ Wichita Eagle

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First look at leaked Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps & Operators

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:56 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 0:13

by Brad Norton

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Everything from new maps to incoming Operators and plenty more has all spilled out early, with new Black Ops Cold War leaks revealing a bunch of content coming with the Season 1 update.

We’re still a few days out from the arrival of Season 1, though new Black Ops Cold War leaks are coming through almost every day. From classic modes making a return, to unique in-game events on the horizon, we’ve already got a decent idea of what to expect.

However, things haven’t stopped there. The latest set of datamined content has uncovered our first-look at Season 1 maps, Operators, and more. While the names of incoming maps may have been revealed a while back, we now have a proper look at all four additions coming soon.

Additionally, there’s also a unique Season 1 Starter pack that comes boasting some exclusive rewards. Here’s a rundown on everything we now know thanks to the latest leaks.

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps

Up first, we’ve got a quick look at four new locations coming in Season 1. They’re bite-sized pictures that simply reveal the theme of each new map. The first appears to be some kind of game show set as camera equipment and bright signs can be spotted throughout.

Next up looks to be a darker map, perhaps something underground or even a subway system given the briefcases nearby. It may have been an evacuation site. Only time will tell for this one.

The third map pictured seems to be a wide-open locale with some kind of rocket in the center. Maybe a testing facility or a fully-fledged launch site somewhere in the United States.

Last but not least, we have a simple map that looks to feature some amount of office space, shelving, and a patriotic statue of sorts. If earlier intel holds up, one of these new locations will be a fresh Zombies experience. The first appears to be confirmed for Gunfight only, meaning a close-quarters design for 2v2 combat. While the remaining two maps are for core multiplayer game modes.

It’s worth noting that not all of these are confirmed to be launching on day one. While the major update is set to introduce a ton of this new content, some of these maps could be drip-fed throughout the season to keep players coming back. 

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Operator Skins

What would a new Season in Call of Duty be without some fresh cosmetics? A few of your favorite Operators appear to be getting some new outfits in Season 1. First up is Woods with a new winter look, rocking some snow goggles, thick gloves, a beanie, and a coat.

Next is Sims who has a more casual look this time around. Rather than dressing the part for a mission, he’s wearing a simple top with some cool shades and a hat.

Last but not least is some love for the Warsaw Pact. Portnova has a new skin this Season with a vibrant red top and a matching beret.

Also part of the leaks is an entirely new skin that could be the level 100 unlock in the Season 1 Battle Pass.

This Operator comes equipped for battle with multiple grenades and ammunition pouches on his upper body. Not to mention an imposing mask to cover his presumably scarred face.

Another new Operator wears a gas mask, only has one eye, and could not be more intimidating in an all-black outfit. 

These come alongside a previously leaked Operator skin for Adler. There’s no way of telling how to unlock these items; some might be tied to the Battle Pass, while others could be acquired through challenges like their current variants.