UPDATE: Pannell faces sentence in minor-sex sting operation

Court NewsBy Patsy R. Brumfield

Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Jon Cody Pannell of New Albany pleaded guilty and faces a minimum 10 years in prison on one count that he tried to entice a minor for sex.

Pannell, 22, was indicted April 24 and accused of using the Internet and a cellphone to persuade a 15-year-old to have sex with him last March.

He entered his guilty plea Wednesday in Aberdeen.

U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock will decide his punishment in a few months after completion of a report about Pannell and the case by the U.S. Probation Service.

Pannell is one of more than a dozen men ensnared this year by a Tupelo Police Department sting operation in which a trained officer portrays a teenager in electronic communications.