Inmate admits to lying about what happened to missing Skelton brothers

Andrew, Alexander, and Tanner Skelton have been missing since 2010.

A jail inmate has pleaded guilty to lying to police when he claimed he knew the whereabouts of three young boys who disappeared three years ago.

Nine-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner Skelton were last seen three years ago, on Thanksgiving Day, in their father's backyard in Morenci. They were to be returned to their mother, and the disappearance sparked a large search.

John Skelton says he didn't harm his sons. He's serving 10-15 years for unlawful imprisonment. His fellow inmate, Robert J. Jamison, 50, of Adrian was charged last month with a felony of lying to police.

Authorities said Jamison, while in jail, made up a detailed story about what happened to the brothers. They say Jamison's lies wasted investigator's time.

Jamison pleaded guilty Friday in Lenawee County Circuit and faces sentencing Oct. 10.

Police believe the Skelton brothers are dead; however, they say their investigation is still active.

Skelton claims he gave his sons to a group to protect them.