15 Year Old Who “SWATTED” Gamer Convicted Of Domestic Terrorism; 25 Years To Life In Federal Prison


A swat team ready to enter a home on Sunday suspected of swatting. (AP Photo/Dennis System, File) / AP

DeQuincy, LA — What many teenagers these days are considering a harmless prank, has landed one online gamer in more trouble than he could have ever imagined. In a Louisiana courtroom today, 15-year-old Paul Horner broke down in tears after a judge found the young man guilty on two counts of domestic terrorism and was sentenced to twenty-five years to life in federal prison.

Horner is the first person in history to be charged with what is known as ‘swatting‘, a growing trend in which a person anonymously files a false police report, such as a murder or bomb threat, in hopes of provoking the police to raid an individual’s home or business. Prosecutors in the case proved that Horner called in multiple false threats against rival online gamers, resulting in SWAT team raids of their residence.

“Swatting” is a new fad among gamers targeting those who “livestream“, broadcasting themselves and their game play live over the Internet to fans and in-game rivals alike. If a gamer is able to ascertain the personal information of a rival, by locating their IP and residential address, they will call in a dangerous threat to law enforcement and watch as the “livestreamer’s” house is forcibly entered by police.

The practice of “SWATTING” was recently brought to national attention by the YouTube video: The Creatures (Kootra) got SWAT Raided (SWATTED) #FreeKootra2014. Law Enforcement agencies say that the practice, which has been occurring with increasing frequency since 2013, wastes valuable resources and places innocent people in harm’s way. The 2014 incident, which resulted in the charges against Horner, are a prime example of this.

Defense lawyers told the courtroom that Horner, who goes by the gamertag BadAssDwg69, was upset after being repeatedly beaten by a fellow gamer at Battlefield 4. After obtaining the rival gamers information, prosecutors say Horner called police and reported a murder/hostage situation at the home. SWAT team then raided the house, shooting and critically injuring the “Livestreamer’s” father in the process. Following an investigation of the incident, Horner was charged as an adult, using provisions of the 2001 Patriot Act. Horner’s guilty charge stems from two counts of domestic terrorism, related to his manipulation of an enforcement response, and injuries to innocents resulting from those actions.

Prosecutors played audio of Horner’s 911 phone call to the jury:

“I just shot and killed four people. If any police enter my home I will kill them too,” the statement read in part.

During closing arguments, prosecuting attorney Jack Phillips explained the state’s assessment of Horner to the jury.

“There were no victims or any evidence that a shooting had taken place,” Phillips said. “Horner’s actions are pure evil, he is a menace to society and must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Horner, described as affecting a brash, “hardcore” persona while online was anything but throughout the trial. At multiple times Horner broke down into fits of sobbing hysteria and calls to his mother, to the point that the presiding Judge, Arthur Digsby, was forced to have him removed. Hearing the sentence of 25 years to life, Horner began sobbing. Judge Digsby told Horner that though he felt bad for the youth, he was ultimately responsible for his own actions.

“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.”

Raids by SWAT teams are known as the most dangerous work law enforcement can do. On December 19th of last year, near Somerville, Texas, a SWAT team deputy was shot and killed during an attempt to serve a no-knock warrant. Just before 6:00 A.M., SWAT team members entered the home of Henry Goedrich Magee. They were there to serve a warrant which would permit the team to search the mobile home in which Magee and his pregnant girlfriend were living. Reacting to the pre-dawn, forced entry, Magee grabbed a rifle propped against a bedroom door frame and fired at the unidentified intruders, killing 31 year old sheriff’s deputy Adam Sowders.

Judge Digsby finished his sentencing as he went on to admonish anyone who would try to emulate such idiocy.

“Leave your petty pride in the realm of digital fantasy where it is still safe,” Digsby said. “Because, as young mister Horner has learned, actions in the real world don’t have a reset button. And every parent should make sure their children understand that.”

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457 Responses to "15 Year Old Who “SWATTED” Gamer Convicted Of Domestic Terrorism; 25 Years To Life In Federal Prison"

  1. Kasaar says:

    I giggle at the comments…so sincere.

  2. TheBest says:

    You fuckin’ retards forgot that this kid didn’t shoot the father. a trigger happy, waste of life cop did. THAT is who needs to be punished. The kid should be banned from video games for 10 years and should also have 500,000 hours of community service. Period. Americans are truly braindead for thinking that their money is being spent intelligently in this way

    • brandon says:

      …..500,000 hours is 57 straight years (24 hours periods or 20833 days non stop). saying he would only work 10 hours a day i would take him 140 years to finish. and banning someone from gaming is retarded…..now cutting there thumbs off so they cant game and have a constant reminder of his stupidity would be more interesting. better yet, cut his thumbs off and make him point man on no knock warrants, imagine the bs that could be avoided if we started using stupid people a disposable human shields and test dummies.

    • TonysTake says:

      You didn’t give a lot of thought to your comment, didja TheBest…? Next time you try and think, be sure your brain is washed on the gentile cycle and drip dried.

    • TheBest says:

      “for thinking that their money is being spent intelligently in this way” Your english is so fucking awkward. Did you learn how to write all on your own? awwwwhh poor baby :(

      Trying to defend an hero? lmao

    • jowkc says:


      Well you’re obviously the best at being an idiot.

    • anon says:

      You’re an idiot, why would the cop be punished? The distress call that they received was, “I just shot and killed four people. If any police enter my home I will kill them too.”. It’s good practice that the cop shot the father because for all the cops know, the people in the household were willing to kill the cops. To the cops, it was either kill or be killed; they didn’t know it wasn’t a life or death situation. So pack up your cop hating act and fuck off.

  3. Cynthia Matthe4ws says:

    What is wrong here is that the Fourth Amendment in not followed! Leads should be investigated and then warrants issued. We should NOT have these SWAT team raids that do not have warrants! This caused the death of the officer! Also, the sentence for the 15 year old is too harsh and that is against our “Cruel and unusual punishment.” The punishment rightly belongs to the government that has initiated policies and procedures violating th4e Fourth Amendment!

    • Jack says:

      The problem with this type of SWAT operation is that the threat to innocent life or officer safety often take precedence over getting a warrant. It’s called “exigent circumstances.” While this individual story is fake and stated as such by The National Report (i.e. the story’s publisher), this type of incident has happened before, to various celebrities and, most notably in the gaming community, to Kootra about a month ago. It’s a stupid and dangerous prank.

  4. Tony Jordan says:

    One question: why didn’t the police verify the call came from the house they were going to SWAT before SWATTING?

    • Chidi says:

      that is really true. if he did call the police as a threat and the police called back, he would not deny it now would he. just by calling they could have saved resources. personally i think the idiot swatting deserves a long time in jail.

  5. tom thumb says:

    Agree with most comments. If someone enters a home without notifying the home owner they should expect to be confronted regardless of who they they THINK they are. I agree that severe action should be taken against the teen, but the sentencing was grossly misused. The definition of terrorism is as follows: the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.

  6. RR says:

    Ok, some people blame the cops and say “they shot the dad cause they are trigger happy idiots… hur dur” but seriously here are the facts:

    He called up the 911 dispatch and said he shot 4 people and anyone entering the home would be shot too.

    This now sets the situation as a Homicide with deadly force as far as they (the police) know.

    Q: Why didn’t the cops verify where the call came from?
    A: Anyone able to figure out your Home Address and telephone number from you IP address can also Spoof your number with software to make it look like it’s coming from your residence, so the 911 computers will run a trace on the phone number being used and the victims’ address will show up on their PCs after all it’s all just DATA that can be spoofed.

    Case and point it’s hard to verify things when in a timely manor when you have what you think are more hostages lives on the line. I mean would you want the police to wait to make sure you really are being shot before they come to your house? If they did wait would you then be angry at them for taking too long in getting there?

    The idiot who called the cops and got some one SHOT through his actions, and you think that the punishment was too harsh? If I was shot cause some ass wanted to prank my kid I would hope they get the same or worse. That’s the whole reason there is such a thing as involuntary man slaughter, its when you didn’t mean to kill some one but it happens, you are still responsible for that like a drunk driver that kills a person while driving drunk.

    Yes more caution should have been taken by the police, they are in part responsible for the shooting, but given the situation you can’t say it’s all their fault.

    • mary says:

      This was the stupid actions of what society considers to be a child. Adolescents are not considered by society mature enough to make basic decisions, such as smoking, drinking or driving at night. Yet are society is absolutely willing to treat an irresponsible kid as a domestic terrorist because he was jealous of another kid. The very nature of the crime speaks to the child’s immaturity.

      His actions had tragic consequences. Our justice system is compounding these tragic consequences by sending that child to an adult jail where he will not be rehabilitated but instead simply terrorized every day. Children should be punished for serious crimes but the punishment should not be cruel and unusual, which in this case it is. Rehabilitation should be the ultimate goal for children who commit crimes. This is not justice. It is lunacy.

  7. Vinny Bee says:

    This isnt real btw… the swatting actually happened but this didnt..

  8. liberal says:

    Everyone does stupid things aged 15. It doesn’t seem like a good way to spend what is going to amount to a huge amount of tax as I don’t agree that he is a serious danger to society. prison state and police brutality yet again

    • liberal says:

      ohhh wait is this like the day-to-day? god I loved that show

    • Lol says:

      Come ON! The fact that kids do stupid things does NOT make it OK to try to murder someone. Because that is what that kid did. He deserves to be punished.

      Another thing is, is there ANY reason for ANY country to have a sentence that lasts 20 years or over? If someone does something that mindless, surely he/she is sick, and should be put to treatment, like forever?

      Death sentence. Well that is a thing of countries that are below any modern norms. A country that has death sentence is wrong. You can’t fix death sentence. A wrongly sentenced individual is dead. No new evidence will fix that.

      The real reason for death sentence is that it’s (viewed) cheap way to punish. In reality, it’s one of the most expensive sentences there are.

      I live in a country where a life sentence is 12 years. I believe that is enough. If you have killed someone, you actually have a change to redeem yourself. Also, violence against apprehending police is minimal. The sentence can be continued, mind you, if the person in question is likely to continue his/hers bad ways.

      Also, people with brain problems are put to treatment, not jail.

  9. xxx says:

    Swatting is a potential dangerous prank and may causes deaths if anything gone wrong, so it is a very serious crime. Therefore anyone caught with swatting shall also charged with attempted murder rather than just domestic terrerisom, and aggravated/first degree murder should deaths as a result of swatting. IMO the boy should get life without parole instead of just 25 years for endangering not just the public but also SWAT team themselves.

    • John says:

      Not that I disagree with the rest of your comment. But how is the SWAT team themselves endangered when they are rushing into a house with a kid playing a video game and mom cooking dinner?

      • Reme says:

        Because if someone tries defending their house against random people bursting through the door they can get shot. It’s happened many times before, police raid the wrong house, homeowner defends themselves, cops shoot them dead.

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