- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear an appeal from a man who pleaded guilty to conspiring to have a Petal, Miss., couple killed.

Virgil Breeden Jr. was sentenced in 2007 to 15 years in prison.

A Forrest County judge denied Breeden’s post-conviction petition in 2011. The state Court of Appeals in 2012 rejected Breeden’s contention that his plea was involuntary because his lawyer didn’t do a good job.

Breeden pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted capital murder.

An undercover deputy said in court documents he was offered $1,000 to kill Frank and Jerrine Wilson, whom Breeden alleged were pressuring him to finish the remodeling of a building.

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