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

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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529 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.

      • Gary O says:

        What the cop did isn’t the point. The point of all of this is that the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. Sending an innocent 15 year old kid to prison for 25 years for a prank is not going to solve anything. There is no reason, that I am aware of, to think that this kid is or ever will be a danger to society. I agree that his actions deserve punishment but a realistic punishment might have been 6 months in jail and 5 years of probation. And even that would be severe. To sentence the kid to 25 years is unjustifiable murder! I think the Judge should be charged with murder and sent to prison for the rest of his life! But we can’t charge evil judges with crimes like this? Why?

        • Marshal says:

          Innocent prank? Mother fucker he got somebody SHOT. He may as well have pulled the trigger himself and got exactly what he deserved. That is far, far from innocent in my book.

        • Dave says:

          So Sending in the swat team is now a fuckin PRANK??

          Your an idiot for even thinking that setting a guy up to be swatted and saying that he has KILLED 4 people already is a fuckin PRANK.

          Innocent? Like Osama was innocent? Like Dahmer was innocent? Like Ted Bundy was innocent??

          2 counts of terrorism got him 25 years TO LIFE.

          The judge was totally correct in sentencing the Poor , baby to jail where he will become a pass around piece of ass.

          • Poo says:

            Osama, Dahmer, Bundy, all took credit for their crimes

          • cheryl says:

            My family has endured this crap twice. Marshall is right on! I think they need to go to jail even if no one is hurt and their dumb ass parents should be paying for the resources that have been waisted.

          • OldGuy says:

            Needs to happen alot more, lil bitches on the interwebs think they are bad ass. I can think of 100s of lil nerds that act just like that punk

        • Toogoobe says:

          Seeing how this was the first time anyone has been convicted and sentenced for swatting, this Judge was obviously trying to set a judicial precedence that will paint swatting as a severe crime against society and deter future swatters from repeating this sad sack’s actions. The precedence that this judge’s sentence creates will more than likely be invoked many many times in any future court cases involving similar circumstances.

          Everyone, especially the judge, is fully expecting the sentence to be later reduced to a more reasonable punishment through a future appellate court decision. As a matter of fact, the judge is probably counting on it.

        • WTF says:

          I’m sorry Gary O, did you just say an “innocent 15yr.old”? The only innocent 15yr.old is one that has not committed a crime. Since he is not an innocent 15yr.old,maybe they should throw the parents in prison instead, since they obviously did a shitty job raising him. Would that make you feel better? Because someone has to “pay” for the “crime” that “has” been commited.

          • Sam says:

            I hope you realize that what the kid did was domestic TERRORISM. Last time I checked terrorism was a capital crime. So tell me again why should they reduce this kids sentence? Because I think he needs a more severe punishment. Now I’m not much older than that kid and when I was 15, doing something like this as a “prank” would have never crossed my mind and neither would any of the people who I have talked to. The kid is 15, if he doesn’t know right from wrong then it’s his fault for not having common sense.

        • Brendan says:

          “Innocent Prank”. This kind of demonstrates your intelligence. Sending SWAT to an unsuspecting family’s house after telling SWAT that they will be shot upon entering is aimed at getting the SWAT to kill someone. This was a pretty funny story to be honest.

          • anon says:

            And you’ve demonstrated -your- intelligence by saying this story was funny. No part about a guy getting shot by police for nothing is funny. No part about a kid getting life in prison is funny, even if he deserves it. If anything it’s concerning that it’s happening and that today’s youth has little to no concern for their own actions and repercussions for them until it’s too late, in which they cry.

    • Archone says:

      I’m completely opposed to the use of no-knock warrants as a complete and utter violation of the bill of rights, of just behavior, and pure pragmatism (it’s a stupid way to arrest someone)… but the cop in this case was merely a weapon. The kid aimed the cops at the father. He even went out of his way to convince the cops that they were dealing with a situation involving a man who was armed and dangerous and ready to shoot anything that moved. In this case it wasn’t a no-knock warrant, it was “holy crap we just got a call about an armed gunman and we need to go stop him from murdering anyone else.”

    • Joe says:


      You are probably the dumbest fuck I have ever read a comment from. People like you is why the kids now a days think they can do whatever they want. The kids should go to jail.

    • Chris says:

      you say that but all we need if for someone to get killed when this stuff happens and then you’ll be singing a different tone

    • Bill Richardson says:

      Yes this money is well spent… Regardless of whether or not the response directly caused the death is irrelevant… The point of punishment is not just to punish, it is also to deter others from committing the same crime. If someone is threatening to kill small children and the police swat team saves them – You would be congratulating them… That would not change the fact that such a response was dangerous to all involved and to innocents as well… It could also have gone wrong, ending in the deaths of the children, innocents or officers. In this case and others, you are talking about someone forcing such a dangerous response on unwitting innocents and officers for no reason. If police woke a law abiding gun owner up in the middle of the night because they are falsely told that lives are in danger, they may very well be confronted by an armed person approaching them (thinking they are home invaders) and lives could be lost. Both parties might be acting responsibly, the police presented with an armed threat and the homeowner protecting his family, but the reason would be one dangerous person who called in the false report. Idiotic teenagers need to know that when they endanger the lives of others, they will pay a heavy price. We would have much less crime in this country if we really punished those who break the law, instead of giving them light (if any) punishments and country club prisons (that they keep coming back to)… Prison should be a place you want to avoid, not someplace you expect to return to. Just look at the plague of identity theft we are experiencing… It puts innocent people through hell and is rarely punished, as offenders repeat the same crime on hundreds of victims each… Do you think this would occur if prior to a jail sentence, these criminals were caned in the public square and then left out there in chains for two weeks with a sign above them stating their crime? Yeah… watch the numbers drop to near zero.

    • jrf says:

      your a fucking moron someone got shot because this retarded kid did something super dumb. At the age of 15 he knows better he is just a fucking sociopathic idiot like a lot of the gaming comunity.

      • Brent Holman says:

        I was taught right from wrong by the time I was 2. Kids these days.
        Should bill the parents for the cost, & they should be on the hook for civil penalties, if not criminal penalties. Wanna NOT immunize your kid maybe?
        And then let them do this?
        Think of the implications of these things.

      • dennis says:

        25 Years To Life In Federal Prison is a good punishment for a TEENAGER ……well if the next retarded swatted gamer kid is 13 years old , or 11 years old ..but now with multible deaths . the death penalty or quantimale bay is ? fucking idiot

    • Xiro says:

      Is this is a legitimate feeling? Are you kidding me? You’re going to blame the SWAT officer for doing their job.

      They NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE in the first place, but that dipshit teenager was the one who made the phone call. He created a fake scenario and wasn’t capable of the common sense required to understand what might happen. All the police understood was that there was a murder-hostage scenario, and that their lives could be in danger if they didn’t act appropriately.

      And don’t come back with a “well they should have been trained to identify he wasn’t a threat” bullshit response. For all we know, the father was holding something that could have been a gun in their eyes, and when you think you’re in actual danger, you have to react immediately. You don’t get to look and think for a few seconds, you just react the best you can. But I bet you don’t know shit about what its like to be a police.

      It’s like if the president ordered a nuclear strike on China as a “joke”. Are they going to blame the person in the plane who dropped the bomb? Fucking of course not, they’re going to blame the person who told them to do that shit in the first place.

      I don’t know what country you’re from, but if you’re a Canadian, please leave Canada immediately, as I don’t want to be put in the same group as a tactless retard like yourself.

    • JB_Dix says:

      Ignoramus! Waste of life cop? Guy was just doing his job answering the call of duty in the way they were trained to do. The kid gets exactly what he deserved, he won’t serve 25 years he will likely parole out in 12. Sure it’s harsh consequence but his ignorance got someone shot.

    • Psyintz says:

      His “prank” resulted in somebody being shot, and almost killed. He deserves every bit of the punishment he received. 500,000 hours of community service? You, sir, are an idiot. You should be banned from making such nonsense comments for 10 years.

    • alz c says:

      A year later, i hope you read this, the cop did nothing wrong, put yourself in the shoes of the cop, your raiding a house whose occupants have “killed 4 people, and will kill any cop who enters the home”… wouldnt you go in a little ready to pull the trigger too? I ONLY wish that the kid got twice as long… cause wtf did he seriously think was going to happen.. 10 swat members armed with automatic weapons enter a home that to their knowledge has an armed suspect wthat has already killed 4 people? all over a game of battle field… I HOPE SOMEONE SWATS HIS ASS IN PRISON.;)

      If you think that ANY mission a swat team is called in on is not an event where each swat member should be ready to use their weapon your a comeplete fucking idiot. This kid almost got someone killed cause he was losing in a video game. SWAT dont fuck around when they get called in. Also if you werent such a braindead idiot whose mom should have swallowed, you would know that there have been multiple cases of the so called “SWATing” where the occupants arent harmed…

      another thing that a braindead piece of shit like you didnt think about is that the more this kind of shit happens, the more likely someone is going to get shot. the fact that there are armed weapons present directly influences the chances of it happening… it is called statistical probabilities… google it…

      and your ridiculously childish view of the law is retarded… this is exactly why you are the one commenting on the story, and not deciding the fate of the people involved.

      FACT: no one gets harmed if stupid fuck kid doesn’t call the police with a fake report. (it REALLY is a shame he only got 2 life sentences and no death penalty.)

      FACT: whatever shit hole country you are from is bound to collapse due to the childish and idiotic beliefs you carry. YOU are a true testament to the failed generation your country of orgin has produced.

    • Deaddoll13 says:

      The man getting shot was a direct result of his idiotic prank. If it weren’t for him the Swat team wouldn’t have been there. And as this article states, it wasn’t the first time he’d done something like this. If the man had been killed Horner would’ve been an accessory to the fact. It was the swat member that fired the gun, but it was Horner who pointed the gun.

    • Johnamerica says:

      Personally I view this crime as attempted manslaughter. As such I think an appropriate punishment would have been between 5-10 years. A very serious punishment, but not a life/death sentence for something which I view as not having the same culpability as murder especially given the fact that society treats this 15 years old as a minor in every other aspect of his life.

    • Kitty says:

      Jeez all this hate towards “the best”. Instead of calling him an idiot, just show the rest of the world you can be an adult and calmly disagree and tell him why? He is obviously exaggerating abut the 500,000 hours. Not like everyone is gonna do the math straight up. The cop wasn’t at fault. He was doing his job, simple as that. Kind of happy they still take that force when they get these calls. Otherwise the punishment is wayyy to severe. I get what he did, but he’s a freaking kid. Kids do dumb things! Teach them but don’t freaking ruin their lives. Thats too much of his life to be giving away to a prank. Not like he really thought anyone wold get hurt. He’s freaking 15.

      • Dumb kitty says:

        Really kitty?

        (you say): “but don’t ruin their lives”

        Are you kidding me? WE don’t ruin their lives, the cops don’t ruin their lives, they judge or jury wont ruin their life, THE JAIL TIME will not ruin their life. I’ll tell you what ruined their life

        Are you ready for this? …THEM

        THEY ruined their own life when (the moment) they decided they would send a SWAT team after someone who has done nothing, with false allegations. Even more so if someone gets injured, ESPECIALLY fatally, during one of these “raids”.

        “only 15″ – give me a break. At fifteen (15) years of age, if you don’t ******* know better, then you DESERVE to serve FIFTY (50) years in prison, with NO chance of being paroled early!

        By the way, this is NO prank. People can DIE, wait, read that again please, PEOPLE CAN DIE; here, just to make sure you “get it” I’ll say it ONE more time – PEOPLE CAN DIE, as in LOSE THEIR LIFE – over this. THAT is NOT my definition of a “prank”.

        Now, “TP’ing” somebody’s house, THAT’S a “prank”. “swatting” is NO prank. Any involved parties can be KILLED during this. You may even assume I’m talking about the person being “swatted”, I am not. You must also factor in that – if law enforcement is conducting a “no knock” warrant or “active situation” response – and the person being “swatted” is not aware of it. Those police may be shot and killed too. How would you feel if an officer of the law was fatally wounded as a result of someone pulling this, as you call it, “prank”.

        Again, if this is within your definition of “prank”, you’re a pretty sick person.

  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.

    • Dave says:

      Really a 911 call stating that he had KILLED 4 people and will kill any cop coming in the door means you take a day or so to get a search warrant?

      God gave you a brain, use it.

      No cop died in this SWAT’ing, read the story.

      A deputy was killed serving a “no-knock” warrant in Texas.

      The poor slobbery baby got what he deserved.

      He was lucky no one died or it would have become a capitol offense. (for you slow people that means the death penalty applies)

      • david says:

        Hey Slowtard It’s CAPITAL not CAPITOL lmao

      • Kevin says:

        It seems you are the slow one. A capital offense is murder in the commission of another crime such as robbery or murder. I hope your not American because I’m not, and I even know that.

        • Slavince says:

          Maybe you should’ve looked up the definition as I did before posting. A capital offense charge would be for, not just murder, but also the betrayal of one’s country. He was convicted of domestic terrorism. That means he used violence against his own nation’s people to instill fear within members of a population. He’s a menace, and should just feel lucky that he may get out in 25 years. He could have gotten death.

  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.

    • Riley says:

      Swatters can make the call look as though it come a certain number, and who is checking number when there is a call saying 4 people are dead would you want them to be sitting around checking numbers if this really happened.

  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.

    • mooper says:

      well if you want to get technical about it:

      Violence – “I just shot and killed four people. If any police enter my home I will kill them too,”

      Intimidation – ‘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.

      Politics – Wildly misunderstood consequences for the overall goal of taking down a rival gamer or opponent in order to get ahead in the online gaming world where competition, streaming, and views are everything.

      There are politics in gaming, whether they are played out by 15 year olds or 50 years olds, they may not all coincide with the real world politics of government or anything else, but they exist, and have incentives and consequences just like anything else as shown here.

      There you go. Terrorism.

  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.

      • Blaze McNugget says:

        Forgetting about the fact he didn’t just come across the information by accident (More than likely he is a hacker of some kind) And he had the sense to spoof his number, to me means he KNEW what he was doing. And if you initiate a crime and innocents are hurt from YOUR actions YOU ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. As for them not knowing Where the number came from, I had phone with a Las Vegas number But I took it with me when I got reassigned to other bases I was still able to call EMS, fire and police without any issues so the Area code was irrelevant.

    • idiot. says:

      you’re an idiot …
      1. You can not trace down a addresse by “IP” this is a old missunderstanding by idiot n00bs like yourself who have no idea what they are talking about.
      not even the feds can trace down an ADDRESSE by using an ip, what they can do and are doing is :
      they can trace it down to an area & country +ISP, to get the actual addresse, you will need a court order and contact to the ISP , IDIOT
      2.”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. ” are you serious? i can’t tell if your acutally retarded or not? you obviously have no idea what you are talking about…imbecile

  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.

  10. nate blanch says:

    I wish Paul Horner the best of luck!

  11. Bull Krab says:

    That’s what everyone gonna get if we mess around with our own govt.
    Not only in America, but at any country

  12. bobby says:

    look people get use to these crazy sentences for kids doing childish things..

    drugs will soon be legal everywhere for recreational use…this means 90% of inmates will be released..

    and our children will fill that void and there is nothing we can do about it

  13. James Sunderland says:

    Can someone please honestly tell me if this article is fake?

  14. dAVe says:

    America, where children are convicted like adults. What a terrible thing. Look at yourselves and what you have become.

    • John says:

      I’m sorry, are there not children in Afghanistan who shoot RPGs at fully armed men? I’m sorry wasn’t there two kids who shot up and then attempted to blow up a whole high school? Of course children are tried like adults because the crime in itself anyone with a brain would realize its not a good idea.

  15. markdavis says:

    damn battefield players !!

  16. David says:


    Stupid kids will now see that they will be held accountable for their conduct and their idiot parents who fail to teach them the penal law when our schools failed to do so.

    It was clearly FORESEEABLE that sending an armed swat team to a house where it is believed the home owner is armed and who already killed could result in an accidental shooting.

    The kid got what he deserved. If I was on that Jury, I too would hold him liable for his intentional, malicious and criminal conduct. I have NO sympathy for a person who intends to do evil.

  17. theslotz says:

    I’d say good, like my mother used to tell me, if you can’t be a good example you’ll just have to settle for being a horrible warning.
    Ideally, the fucking cop who got recorded stepping on Kootra would have also gotten himself in trouble for abusing his power and physically assaulting an unarmed person, and the incident as a whole would be raising red flags about how just “believing” people’s claims is the most retarded thing the legal system can do, men going to jail because some vindictive bitch accuses them of rape or abuse is also another problem with this ideology.

    • Chris says:

      i agree it was bad that an unarmed man was treated that way but it can’t be helped. when a swat team is called on you, you lose all your rights, and are considered a dangerous individual. you will be treated no different than a terrorist. this is so the people who need to have a swat team called on them, there are no mistakes. they go in, contain the criminals, DONE. this keeps bloodshead to a minimum. that’s why i said one day someone is going to get killed, someone is going to panic, make a “threatening” move and get killed. that is why the sentence was equivalent to say a attempt at murder case. to those saying the troller shouldn’t be sentenced so harshly, let me ask you, would you say the same to someone who tried to kill someone? why should age play a factor in an attempt at murder case when it has already been proven guilty.

  18. Winston McDaniel says:

    I’m glad that waste of life got what was coming his direction. Swatters need to be punished. Too much money being spent on a prank.

  19. Damian90 says:

    Let me get this straight. The stupid “Kid” calls not 911 but the actual police department’s full phone number, Obviously had to since his land line or cellphone would just call his local PD. Then he proceeds to tell them he has killed 4 people and would kill anyone who enters the house, I guess he then proceeded to give the full address of where he was exactly? and he gave a courtesy call to tell them of his crime from a fucking out of state cellphone. Like that is not suspicious. anyone with 2 inches of forehead would called it in, send cops not swat, reverse info cellphone, get the land line of the address provided and called. Not just fucking storm into a fucking house like that, what if the house was rigged with explosive, swat has a protocol against just barging into homes with no info on them, I believe they knew before handand did it for the rush, I do not condone what that idiot kid did he deserves 4-10 years community service every sunday tops. But what the cops did and the way it was handled showed flaws. so now if my neighbor wants to swat me I will surely die and he would get away with it because he would probably do it from a fucking payphone. come people Law enforcement has Years of experience are we to believe they were that innocent?

  20. Dispatcher says:

    The part of the article regarding the no knock warrant is to simply imply that it is a very dangerous job being on the SWAT team, not that the homeowner was necessarily at fault for his reaction. The issue is these calls aren’t traceable when you call an admin line and block your number. Swat teams are absolutely necessary because even though 1 out of 1000 calls are real, that one time they don’t suit up we have another “Katrina” on our hands. Be prepared.

  21. John Morris says:

    25 years to life is outrageous! Why do murders get less time than a 15 year old boy doing a prank? He should be punished by having his video games taken away and doing community services or cleaning up monkey crap in a local zoo but 25 to life is not right.

    • Marty says:

      25 to life cleaning up animal shit with his bare hands would be a suitable punishment, WITH a $500000 fine on top of it all! He’s a -terrorist-, a yellowbellied loser who threatens the lives of those he loses to! I don’t care how old the person is, he knew full well what he was doing and did it anyway! If the SWAT team was needed elsewhere, untold lives could have been at risk, all because this coward lost a game! 25 to life was lenient!

  22. Melissa Selby says:

    This is ridiculous! 25 years for a 15 year old for a phone call? I get the seriousness of the situation but that punishment is totally unrealistic. This is the kind of thing that makes criminals into worse criminals. We have more people imprisoned then in all other parts of the world. It’s because we send people to prison for insane amounts of time for stupid shit.

  23. Thanks for finally writing about > 15 Year Old Who “SWATTED” Gamer Convicted Of Domestic Terrorism; 25 Years To Life In Federal
    Prison | National Report < Liked it!

  24. Marty says:

    Anyone who “SWAT’s” should receive at minimum, 25 to life in an adult prison, plus a $500000 fine! These crybabies must be taken out of society! They not only put their victims lives and freedom at risk, they not only waste tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of taxpayers money, but they lure SWAT teams away from potentially real dangers where they are truly needed. These terrorists not only terrorize the individual family, but they also could cause a lot of bloodshed that could be prevented if the SWAT team was elsewhere. To call them terrorists is hyping them up too much though. They are not terrorists! They are cowards! Nothing more and nothing less!

  25. k says:

    If all the facts in this article are true, then this kid (whom is old enough to understand right and wrong) would be an evil monster. Not as bad as a serial rapist, but still a monster.

  26. Drake O says:

    I read a whole lot of these comments and I see that the consensus is the boy knew what he was doing and therefore has to be held accountable. Frankly, each of you who mostly resolved to calling each other names and criticizing one another’s grammar are for the most part, the real guilty ones. You are either growing up poorly from lousy upbringing or you’re grown up and likely doomed to repeat the process.
    My take? Yes, the child was aware of what he was doing. 15 year olds having sex know what they are doing… Yet we tell them they can’t. Why? Because there’s more to it than just knowing what you’re doing. There has to be the process of weighing the impact of something, judging the potential consequences of said actions, clearly this boy did not fully conceive of all the possible results here. And surely, he never intended for anyone to actually get shot. Could he have known it could happen, of course, but 15 year old rationale is about as reliable as trusting a seagull will courteously avoid dropping on your car.
    He’s a child. His actions should indeed have ramifications. But I think everyone is getting caught up in the rhetoric and the sarcasm or hyperbole. 500,000 hours of community service is as insane as 25 years in federal prison. But both these punishments have places. Segregating this 15 year old from society is just dooming him to an redeemable life. Even if Terrorism could be completely proven as a justifiable charge doesn’t necessarily mean we should do it. We bend the rules regarding crime and punishment all the time. Do we make him liable? Absolutely. Lock up this boys future assets for a few years. Community service and an IP block, all valid suggestions. Counseling. Actually attempt at rehabilitation, the rationale of a child has the capacity to learn from his mistakes. Locking him away for 25 years does nothing for that. Restitution to the family who was injured. (And by the way, unless any of you are actual swat police, your opinions and tactics and procedure Are all pretty much crap. Get your facts straight and try again. Frankly, why anyone would just bust into a house without looking in a window or setting up observation or who knows what. (See, opinion, I’m not swat) I believe the swat officer may be facing disciplinary action, you’d think these swat guys have better self-control. But I wasn’t there, maybe the injured father did in fact freak out. Again, it’s all subjective. And should be taken into consideration deciding the child’s fate.
    25 years IS ridiculous. If nothing else, it is simply a declaration that we gave up on ever trying to rehabilitate that child. 25 years is saying, you’re beyond saving. And I believe all the involved parties, the victims, the cops, the child’s parents, will agree that he’s not hopelessly beyond redemption. So for crying out loud, make the punishment properly fit the crime. And since I mentioned it, I fully agree the parents are responsible and should face punishment too. After all, he’s 15 years old (In case I didn’t mention that) a minor. A child with a growing brain and body and a developing personality soaked in hormones. He knew what he was doing… Did he know what all the things were that might result?
    Hell, half of you here STILL don’t know. And yet you expect a 15 year old to.

    He’s guilty. But 25 to life is a joke at best, and a clear example of all that is wrong with our country at worst.

    • mathieu says:

      your clearly delusional if you think we shouldnt punish him accordingly because he didnt think of all the possible outcomes. Take a minute use your brain and re-read the article it says he did it multiple times to multiple people this wasnt a one time spur of the moment chocie he made. Its a choice that he repeatedly made which ended up with an innocent person getting shot. Stop trying to justify the kids actions and crying about such severe punishment he got 25-life which can be repealed his lawyers will go back and negotiate his sentence down in a year( which he doesnt deserve!)

      • Drake O says:

        Those who live in glass houses…

        (Translated: Never suggest someone use their brain without providing at the very least, some decent grammar and punctuation.)

        And did I bring up the name-calling? Oh right… I did. I’d resort to some heavy criticizing and blast you with some well thought opinions about you but you’d probably just digital redneck rage and drag us way off topic. He’s 15. I realize when you were 15 you probably already picking out your favorite cousin for a wife (just like daddy taught ya) but most 15 year olds don’t consider all the ramifications of their actions. Which is why we don’t let them vote, we don’t let most of them have sex, we don’t let them drink, we barely even let them drive.

        I re-read the article… Your benevolence is greatly appreciated. I stand by my opinion. Delusions notwithstanding.

  27. Merca' says:

    I believe an accurate punishment would be one that is equivalent to someone who pulls the fire alarm when there is no emergency, and then the firetrucks hit a pedestrian or get in a life threatening accident on their way to the site – assuming no one dies in either of these accidents.

  28. Good says:

    All the gamers who live in a fantasy world who thinks these things are acceptable or should be lightly punished, haha fuck u faggot nerds lolololol

    25 yrs

    Fuck u for real

  29. ragenoob says:

    The kid got what he deserved. What an idiot LOL. Should have been put to death for it.

  30. Daniel says:

    Well holy f**k.
    Domestic Terrorism is a bit much.
    They precedent charged him because he made a mockery of the justice system and in doing so… made a mockery of the justice system.
    I bet he never accepts his fate because this is wayyyyy too severe.

  31. Daniel says:

    America is going to shit

  32. Jezza says:

    BadAssDwg69, he need to be educated. 25 year is a bit severe. But consequences.

  33. Nova says:

    You mean to tell me there isn’t a single time in our youths we made a mistake we had NO idea what the consequences could be? We aren’t born knowing everything, and I imagine it would take quite a bit longer than 15 years to learn everything that even falls under an agreed 1% of the most important things to know. Personally at 15, there’s NO way I would have known a call like that could carry those kind of consequences (from the perspective of a young person with no experience with the law). The scenario I think most would imagine is at worst a huge inconvenience, being detained for questioning, as obviously there isn’t evidence of whatever you called in as a “prank.” You would have to be sadistic in nature to make a call like that knowing people could get killed, and if that were the case a prison is not where you belong, you are sick. “Rehabilitation” is “supposed” to be to goal of any correctional facility, hence the word CORRECTIONAL. Life should NEVER be a sought out solution, you have robbed them of any purpose, direction, or motivation to be anything significant. You create your own burden on society by locking them in a cage instead of trying to teach them right from wrong. Slap on the wrist? Certainly not what I am saying, for reasons above, it needs to be made clear that this can hurt people. An experience stressful enough to leave a permanent impression, but no more is required. If he has been explicitly told right from wrong, and chooses wrong again, NOW you have a reason to be suspicious of intent and repeated offenses. Long story short, if we were all held to this level of accountability, we would all be in serious trouble. If you don’t agree, you aren’t honest with yourself. Have a blessed day!

  34. Theodore says:

    This is the one of the reasons gamers are always picked on by the media. This needs to stop.

  35. Joe Schmoe says:

    This FIFTEEN year old kid gets 25 to life because, instead of doing any investigating first, the police who are so fucking paranoid that they think anyone that looks at them funny is going to shoot them immediately SWAT raid these innocent people. Don’t send a cruiser to check it out first- No. Send an ENTIRE FUCKING SWAT TEAM to destroy someone’s residence, sanity, and potentially their lives. Was this child really to blame for everything that was done? Fuck no.

    Sure this kid failed to consider the consequences (because he’s a child!) but our ENTIRE JUDICIAL SYSTEM failed and keeps failing on the daily and every time shit like this happens we come one step closer to being a police-state country.

    If this kid was 18 he would’ve never done this. 25 years to life is completely unwarranted. He needs help, not punishment. Make him pick up trash every Saturday for the next 25 years. That’s 10k+ hours of community service. Also, in-person apologies to the families affected. THAT’S fitting punishment for a CHILD.

    Disgusting wastes of life that rape and murder get less time. Anyone who thinks Paul’s mistakes are more vile than a murderer or a pedophile or a rapist needs to get their fucking head checked.

  36. Good says:

    Glad to hear the little prick got what he did. In my opinion he SHOULD have gotten MORE. If I was the attorney prosecuting him I would have tacked on “attempted murder” since one of the responding officers shot an innocent person due DIRECTLY to his actions!

    People NEED to KNOW that they are going to be held responsible for their actions. Blah blah blah, he was not even 18, blah blah blah – I don’t care. Most people still don’t have a “fully developed” mind even at 18. I will say, even at 15, YOU KNOW what you’re doing – when it comes to something like this!

    To be more short and frank, I think he should have gotten FIFTY (50) years. Although I can “deal” with 25 too, AS LONG as he actually serves it all – none of this early release crap for anything like “good behavior”!

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