Hacker Sentenced in 911 Hoax

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Santa Ana, Calif (AP) A computer hacker will have three years in prison to consider the 911 hoax he pulled off in Southern California last year that sent a swat team storming a family's home.

Nineteen-year-old Randal Ellis pleaded guilty in an Orange County Court to five felony counts, including computer fraud and falsely reporting a crime.

Investigators says Ellis placed the call claiming to be reporting a drug overdose and possible murder. Prosecutors says he hacked the 911 system to transmit phony information about his location.

A swat team with police dogs and a helicopter descended on a Lake Forest, California, home where a couple and their two toddlers were sleeping. Awakened by the noise, the father checked the backyard for prowlers but found the swat team's assault rifles
aiming at him. He and his wife were handcuffed until authorities determined the call was a hoax.

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