A man from Troy, Maine pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated assault after choking a 12-year-old boy as a joke.
22-year-old Paul Hustus, last summer, â€œplayfullyâ€ put his hands around the boyâ€™s neck.
But he kept them there for several minutes, causing the boy to nearly black out.
Mr. Hustus was given a deferred sentence and, if he stays out of trouble for a year, he can then later plead guilty to a less serious charge of assault and be fined.
He faces jail time if he doesnâ€™t.