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ADRIAN, Mich. – John Skelton, a southern Michigan man whose three sons have been missing since Thanksgiving, 2010 has been sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison on a charge of unlawful imprisonment.
The Skelton brothers were 9, 7, and 5 years old, respectively, when they went to spend last Thanksgiving at their father’s home in Morenci, about 70 miles southwest of Detroit near the Ohio state line. The boys’ mother, Tanya Zuvers, had exclusive custody of them, but agreed to let them visit their father nearby if he returned them the next day.
When John Skelton didn’t return them, Zuvers notified police, who arrested Skelton and launched what became a massive search effort in the following weeks. Cell phone records indicated Skelton left home the day after Thanksgiving and drove at least as far as Holiday City, Ohio, about 20 miles southwest, before returning home.
Despite the help of hundreds of volunteers searching fields and roadways in the often bitter cold, the search produced nothing.
Skelton appeared 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.”
Skelton 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, 70 miles southwest of Detroit near the Ohio state line.They were 9, 7 and 5 years old at the time.
Skelton has told police and a judge that the boys were given to an organization, but investigators don’t believe him. The Skeltons are now divorced.
Judge Margaret Noe said in July thay investigative reports by the FBI and Michigan State Police showed that Skelton had unlawfully taken the boys.
Family and friends of three missing Skelton boys say a reward for information leading to finding the boys has now grown to $60,000 dollars.
CrimePAY$ $60,000 Reward 1-888-755-TIPS (8477)