Courts & Crime

Final member of computer 'swatting' ring sentenced

The last defendant in a nationwide "swatting" conspiracy with ties to Fort Worth and Alvarado has been sentenced to prison, officials said.

Carlton Nalley, 35, formerly of Alexandria, Va., was given a nine-year prison sentence Friday in a Dallas federal courtroom, presided by U.S. District Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn.

The sentencing was described in a news release from U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas.

Nalley and several other conspirators were caught making prank calls intended to falsely alert the police and SWAT teams in the Johnson County city of Alvarado and in Fort Worth on unsuspecting victims.

In June, co-defendants, Matthew Weigman, 19, was sentenced to 11 years in prison, while Sean Paul Benton, 25, received an 18-month sentence.

Nalley, a former resident of Alexandria, failed to appear as ordered for that sentencing and was arrested the following month in Maryland, Jacks said in the news release.

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