Report: Kane working on plea deal

Updated: August 18, 2009, 4:21 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane and his cousin are expected to reach a plea agreement and avoid charges related to an incident with a cab driver, according to a report in the Buffalo News.

Patrick Kane, 20, and his cousin James Kane, 21, were charged with felony robbery and other misdemeanor counts for a run-in with cab driver Jan Radecki, 62, in the early morning hours of Aug. 9 in Buffalo.

The Buffalo News reported two likely scenarios: the Kanes pleading guilty to lesser charges such as harassment or disorderly conduct; or an adjournment that could result in the charges being dropped. Neither scenario likely would involve jail time for either one of the cousins, the paper reported.

"I think everything is going to be wrapped up by the end of the week," a law enforcement source told the Buffalo News. "All parties are working in that direction."

The News also reported that Radecki wants a public apology.

Reached by ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, Pat Brisson, Kane's agent, said:

"Based on my conversations with Pat's attorney, Paul Cambria, as well as where the case currently stands, I am fully confident that Pat will be cleared once the legal process is complete."

During a news conference on Monday, at the start of the U.S. Olympic Hockey Orientation Camp in Woodridge, Ill., Kane apologized to the Blackhawks, fans, his family, Buffalo and Chicago.

"I sincerely apologize," Kane said Monday. "Now it's time for me to move forward."

Information from ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun was used in this report.

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