Kansas woman sentenced to probation related to ‘swatting’

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman convicted in connection with a “swatting” event has been sentenced to probation.

The Hutchinson News on Friday reported that Reno County District Judge Joe McCarville gave Hutchinson woman Tatumn Marie Watkins one year of probation. The 20 year old pleaded guilty last month to attempting to “give a false alarm of violent activity or a threat to life.”

Watkins and another woman allegedly called police in April to report that a man battered two family members and was outside their home with a gun “waiting for police.”

Police ordered the man outside at gunpoint, but no one was hurt. The event came several months after police fatally shot a Wichita man during a deadly hoax emergency call.