A Sweetwater man who admitted to pretending to be a University of Tennessee football player and extorted more than a dozen women on Snapchat has been sentenced to more than two years in prison after a judge found he had done the same thing again.
Brandon Douglas Shanahan, 23, was charged in May 2016 for pretending he was UT senior cornerback Cameron Sutton while he communicated with the women through Snapchat.
In a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court on Nov. 2, 2016, Shanahan agreed to serve 18 months in prison and a year of supervised probation once he's released.
Shanahan faced 14 felony charges for extorting 12 women and two girls. His plea agreement was that he would plead guilty to count one and the remaining counts would be dismissed.
Shanahan had been free pending sentencing, but his pretrial release was revoked in May, according to a detention order signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley Jr.
However, an amended plea agreement filed on Sept. 26, 2017, shows he will also plead guilty to an additional charge of interstate communications with the intent to extort. The amended plea agreement says Shanahan engaged in new conduct for which he could be charged as an additional violation.
The new plea agreement recommended a sentence of 30 months total for the two charges, with one year of probation after his release.
A judge approved that sentence during a hearing Tuesday, and recommended Shanahan be transferred to federal prison in either Kentucky or Alabama.