Franckfbe A Texas teenager has pleaded guilty to swatting and to making earlier threats to a Minnesota high school, according to court filings submitted last week. He formally pleaded guilty on August 7 to one federal count of making threats to kill.
The case marks a rare occasion when a person has been caught “swatting,” orchestrating a fake 911 call that results in a massive show of force by a local police force against an unsuspecting target.
Between October 2014 and May 2015, 19-year-old Zachary Lee Morgenstern pulled off numerous swatting incidents in the Marshall, Minnesota, area. He also threatened a police officer and her family and threatened to detonate a bomb at a high school, among other allegations. It’s unclear why he chose to target another town approximately 1,000 miles away from his home in a Houston suburb. However, court filings show that Morgenstern had an associate in Marshall who was interviewed by the FBI.
In April 2015, after months of harassing Marshall Public Schools officials and pulling off swatting attacks in the area, Morgenstern called a public resources officer assigned to Marshall High School and left a voicemail saying that it was “not possible” for him to be caught.…