- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee man who faced charges of attempting to extort a woman by posing as a University of Tennessee football player on Snapchat has reached a plea agreement calling for an 18-month prison sentence.

Brandon Douglas Shanahan of Sweetwater has agreed to plead guilty to one count of interstate communications with intent to extort. The plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court recommends an 18-month prison sentence followed by one year of supervised release.

The plea will be formally entered during a hearing at a date to be determined. A sentencing date hasn’t been announced.

Shanahan was arrested in May. Prosecutors said he intended to extort money “and other things of value” from a woman.

Prosecutors said Shanahan used the name “Camsutton2323” on Snapchat and the woman believed she was speaking with cornerback Cameron Sutton. Officials said Sutton hadn’t communicated with the woman and was unaware that Shanahan was impersonating him.

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