Mele, 26, decided to plead guilty to manslaughter and evidence tampering in the death of Laura Garza before the start of his murder trial at Orange County Court. He could face 25 years to life in prison if he's convicted of murder. Mele had several sex-offense convictions in New York, most involving approaching women while masturbating, and he was wanted in New Jersey for similar crimes. Mele is currently serving a sentence for violating parole as a sex offender. In an e-mail, his attorney told me, 'We have no comment with regard to the indictment. The Sex Offender Registry now posts multiple photos of registered sex offenders, as they become available, to provide New Yorkers with additional information to keep their families safe. But do you feel, Isela , the family is prepared and perhaps wants to, if he does stand trial, to be there? Michael Mele, 25, is charged with murder, manslaughter and evidence tampering in the death of Laura Garza, 25, who had moved from McAllen, Texas to New York five months before her disappearance. When the search reached the one-month and one-year marks, they held vigils for her in Manhattan. For more information about how New York State monitors sex offenders, check out the links included in the menu on the right side of this page. He was wanted in New Jersey for similar crimes. Mele confessed to suffocating Garza in his Wallkill apartment after she became upset when she learned he had a girlfriend. Police say at his condo patches of carpet had been removed. Mele had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges. While DCJS cannot tell you if there are any Level 1 sex offenders or sex offenders with a pending risk level in your neighborhood or who they are, the agency can advise if a particular individual is on the registry.