Gov. Colyer signs 'swatting' legislation

Gov. Jeff Colyer speaks to a joint session of the Kansas Legislature at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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(AP)--- Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed legislation that will increase the penalties for making hoax emergency calls when they lead to the injuries or deaths of others.

Colyer announced Thursday that he signed the measure designed to combat "swatting" to send a message that the behavior is unacceptable.

Legislators passed the bill in response to the fatal shooting of an unarmed 28-year-old Wichita man by a police officer in December.

Andrew Finch was shot after police responded to a California man's hoax call about a killing and kidnapping at Finch's home.

The new law takes effect July 1 and calls for a presumed sentence of more than 12 years in prison for a first conviction when a hoax causes someone's death. The toughest prison sentence now is nine months.