OXFORD – Three men arrested in an underage sex enticement sting operated out of Tupelo last year were sentenced to serve a decade behind bars Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills sentenced Garry Waddle, William Henry Michelletti and Jonathan Mark Hayes to 10 years in prison each during their sentencing hearings in Oxford Thursday.
Waddle, 66, of Lee County, was charged with enticing a minor female for sexual purposes last year and convicted by a jury in February. He appealed the conviction in March, but his appeal was denied in April.
Michelletti, 36, of Lafayette County, pleaded guilty to the charge of enticing a minor female for sexual purposes in July, days before his case was set to go to trial.
Hayes, 38, of Cordova, Alabama, was charged with enticing a minor female for sexual purposes in January 2013. He also pleaded guilty in July, days before his case was set for trial.
Each of the three men was arrested and charged after authorities say they maintained Internet contact with someone posing as a 15-year-old female and then traveled to meet up with the contact with the presumption of having sex.
The sentences for each of the men require them to maintain registration as a sex offender, serve five years of post-release supervision and pay a $100 special assessment.