Just to demonstrate the confusion:
USC defines a sentence of less than five years but more than one year, as a Class E felony
while The Commonwealth of Virginia classifies a felony as any crime carrying a sentence expressed in years. Sentences expressed in months/days are considered misdemeanors, regardless of how many months/days.
Regardless, I am happy to see that the guy was charged and happier to see that he was convicted.
I would like to see swatting of a specific person moved from "intimidation" to attempted murder.
18 USC 241 prohibits intimidation against Americans for exercising free speech rights. The statute says:
This is pretty much what various state laws also say.If two or more persons conspire to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same; They shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.
The sorts of swatting we mostly discuss here are attempts by one or more individuals trying to cause the victim to be placed in jeopardy of being killed by the responding police officers. Many advocating swatting are quite clear that is their goal, or more specifically for the police to kill the swatting victim. That fits right in with conspiracy to commit first degree murder. And it eliminates the necessity of proving "two or more" persons conspiring.
I don't think the change will happen, but I would be highly pleased if it did.