Man using UT player alias in Snapchat extortion scheme working out plea deal

KNOXVILLE - Prosecutors and the Sweetwater man charged with extorting 12 women and two girls through Snapchat while using the alias of a University of Tennessee football player are close to working out a plea deal.

Brandon Douglas Shanahan, 22, is charged with 14 counts of extortion after a woman she believed she was communicating with Tennessee senior cornerback Cameron Sutton, but realized she wasn’t.

Federal authorities charged Shanahan in May.

The trial is scheduled to start Sept. 20.

Shanahan’s attorney Joshua D. Hedrick wrote in court documents filed last week, “The parties have been engaged in active settlement negotiations. Both the Defense and the Government are attempting to reach an agreed disposition, and are close to a resolution. However, due to the number of victims in this case, there are a large number of people who need to be consulted prior the finalization of a plea agreement.”

Hedrick has asked for more time to negotiate a deal, and prosecutors do not oppose the request.

The initial plea deadline was set for Sept. 7.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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