Wainwright freed on probation

A student at Southern Miss at the time of his arrest, a Pine Belt man has pleaded guilty to posting threats on the Internet which led to his arrest over a year ago.

Charles Yuri Wainwright, 27, was arrested in April soon after the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech. Investigators alleged at the time he had posted threatening messages through MySpace, a popular social-networking Web site.

Those messages have never been revealed to the public. Wainright had maintained his innocence until now.

Officials say he will be released, possibly today, and placed on four years probation. Terms of this probation include not being able to purchase firearms or come withing 500 yards of the USM campus.

District Attornery Jon Mark Weathers said a grand jury had returned an indictment of cyber stalking/posting of messages through electronic media in August.

It is still unclear why Wainright changed his plea. His record will be expunged after he serves his time on probation.