PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man from Dunbar, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of interstate threats.
Nicholas Huffine, 20-years-old, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate threats where he engaged in a practice known as “swatting.”READ MORE: Stone Wall Partially Collapses In Pittsburgh Neighborhood
This is a prank in which Huffine along with others made false emergency calls to the Winter Garden Police Department in Florida. Huffine and others claimed an ongoing, dangerous crime was in progress in order to send an armed police response, including SWAT teams, to a specific location just to harass someone.READ MORE: Insulation Issue Leads To Smoking Manhole Along 5th Avenue In Pittsburgh
“Swatting is terrifying to victims, as well as highly dangerous as law enforcement agents operate under the belief that they are responding to the scene of active and ongoing violent criminal activity,” said U.S. Attorney Scott Brady.MORE NEWS: World War II Enigma Codebreaker And Pittsburgher Julia Parsons Turning 100 This Week
Huffine will be sentenced in January 2020 and is facing a sentence of five years in prison and/or fines of up to $250,000.