Feds defer prosecution of Kansas online gamer in hoax case

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The government has agreed to an alternative to prosecution of a Kansas online gamer whose dispute sparked a hoax call that resulted in police shooting a man who lived at his former Wichita home.

A joint motion filed Friday by federal prosecutors and the attorney for 20-year-old Shane Gaskill of Wichita asks the court to approve the agreement.

Gaskill is charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice, wire fraud, and making false statement during an investigation.

Deferred prosecution agreements typically result in charges being dropped if a defendant fulfills all its conditions.

Under terms of Gaskill's May 15 pretrial diversion agreement, the government agreed not to pursue prosecution for at least 18 months.

Gaskill agreed to waive any speedy trial defenses and pay $1,000 in restitution, costs and penalties.