Father of Missing Morenci Boys Gets 10-15 Years

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) -- A southern Michigan man whose three sons have been missing since Thanksgiving has been sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison on a charge of unlawful imprisonment.
John Skelton appeared Thursday in Lenawee County Circuit Court in Adrian. He told Judge Margaret Noe he loves the boys and has cried daily since their disappearance.
Noe told Skelton his "explanations have been ridiculous."
The Morenci man pleaded no contest in July and later said he did so hoping he'd eventually be freed and able to see his sons again. Prosecutors dropped kidnapping charges.
Andrew, Alexander and Tanner Skelton were last seen at Skelton's home near the Ohio border. They were 9, 7 and 5 years old at the time.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 15, 2011 at 09:29 PM
    Maybe he's protecting them from a unseen fate. Maybe he's willing to live in prison for 15 years to give his kids time to grow up. Some times you got to do what you have to.
  • by Donna Location: Belleville on Sep 15, 2011 at 11:23 AM
    If they had tried him for murder, with no bodies, and he won, they can't try him again. This way if they (sadly) do find bodies someday, he can still be tried. I'm just glad he has to serve time at all.
  • by Sam Location: Michigan on Sep 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM
    There is no proof he killed the boys or that they are even dead. The only way to hold him for now is to keep him locked up so he has been sentenced for what it's worth. Obviously, she doesn't believe him but can't make him tell and truth serum is illegal. He won't tell what he knows and I'm sure if they let him out to try and follow him, he would get away, cross state lines, and/or kill himself. Hopefully, he will soon tell where the boys are if he thinks he has any chance of getting out. Otherwise, I assume that he has had his closure and doesn't care about anyone else's (the boys' mother, grandparents, etc.,) feelings. I wish he would tell the truth and let the boys be found.
  • by Graham Location: Grayling on Sep 15, 2011 at 09:46 AM
    Unfortunately, (or fortunately), no bodies have been found. The boys are considered missing. I think they should give Skelton life in prison until he tells the truth. The truth might be easily learned with a big ole syringe full of sodium pentathol. Waiting until he decides to tell the truth is idiotic.
  • by WAYNE Location: 49247 on Sep 15, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    SOME JUSTICE SYSTEM WE HAVE! THE PROSECUTER MUST BE A WIMP.......THE GUY KILLS 3 KIDS AND GETS A SLAP ON THE WRIST...ITS RIDICULOUS
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      by Anonymous on Sep 15, 2011 at 10:41 AM in reply to WAYNE
      Whoa! Where did this KILL word come in? There is no proof that they are dead, and 15 years is a pretty severe penalty (that I agree with) for kidnapping.
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