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: Pa. Supreme Court Rules 'Comfort Dogs' May Be Allowed To Help Witnesses Testify At Trial
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: Crews Conducting Rescue Along Monongahela River Near 10th Street Bridge
“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: Wolf Administration Warns 99% Of All Wildfires Caused By People As Wildfire Season Begins In Pennsylvania
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.