UPDATE: Pannell to enter new plea in minor-sex case

By Patsy R. Brumfield

Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Jon Cody Pannell of New Albany will plead guilty Oct. 16 to one count he attempted to entice a minor for sex.

Pannell, 22, was federally indicted April 24 and pleaded not guilty.

But Wednesday, the court docket showed he will change his plea before U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen.

He faces up no less than 10 years in prison and up to life if convicted of the charge.

A federal grand jury accused him, on or about March 15, 2013, of using the Internet and a cell phone to try to persuade a 15-year-old to have sex with him.

He is one of at least a dozen men in the region ensnared by a Tupelo Police Department sting operation.

Recently, one defendent was acquitted by a jury, but the others have pleaded guilty and gone to prison.

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