John Mary
John Mary
John B. Mary has confessed to conspiring with Clayton Kelly, Rick Sager and Mark Mayfield in the Cochran nursing home break-in.

Mary of Hattiesburg on Wednesday pleaded guilty in Madison County Circuit Court to conspiracy to commit a felony computer crime for his role in the St. Catherine's nursing home photo scandal involving U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's wife.

Mary, a former radio co-host along Cochran's challenger, State Sen. Chris McDaniel, pleaded guilty to conspiring with Clayton Kelly, Richard Sager and Mark Mayfield in an Easter Sunday excursion into a locked down alzheimer's unit at St. Catherine's.

Mary received five years probation, no jail time and will cooperate with the authorities.

Kelly, an aspiring blogger from Pearl, was the only suspect to go into Rose Cochran's room. The other three were charged with conspiring with Kelly.

Mayfield, a Ridgeland resident, committed suicide on June 27 at his home in the Bridgewater subdivision. He was facing conspiracy charges.

A grand jury has yet to hear the case.