1. PAUL HORNER BREAKS DOWN
At only 15 years old, Paul Horner is going to prison for 25 years for after a judge in Louisiana found him guilty of domestic terrorism.
2. MULTIPLE FALSE THREATS
After Horner had been calling in false murder or bomb threats so that his rival online gamers homes would be raided by S.W.A.T teams, he was convicted of 2 counts of domestic terrorism and sent to prison. The teen might not see the light of day until he is 40.
A new fad has emerged called ‘Swatting,’ where online gamers find their rivals location through their IP addresses and then set up a SWAT raid by calling the police and reporting bomb threats or worse. They get a laugh as they watch the live streaming gamer’s residence become overtaken by SWAT teams.
Swatting has been gaining momentum since 2013 and uses up valuable resources while risking injury to innocent people.
BadAssDWG69 (Horner’s online persona) was beaten over and over again by a rival called Battlefield 4. He was able to locate his rivals address and then called the police, reporting a murder/hostage situation. When the SWAT team raided Battlefield’s house, the rival gamer’s father was shot and critically injured. His phone call to the police, posing as Battlefield 4, went as follows … ‘I just shot and killed four people. If any police enter my home I will kill them too.’
6. JUDGMENT DAY
“Ignorance of consequence because of lack of thought absolves no one”, the Judge told Horner. “Thinking that your actions were only a prank did not make them only a prank.”
7. PEOPLE’S REACTION