A man has been sen­tenced to 23 months in prison for lying to inves­ti­ga­tors about the where­abouts of three broth­ers miss­ing for nearly three years.

Robert Jami­son told Morenci police that he had talked to the boys’ father shortly before they dis­ap­peared in 2010. He claimed John Skel­ton had talked about plac­ing the boys with an orga­ni­za­tion because of a cus­tody dis­pute with their mother.

Jami­son pleaded guilty a month ago and was sen­tenced last week. He admits mak­ing a false state­ment to police.

Morenci Police say offi­cers spent a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time fol­low­ing up on Jamison’s false leads.

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