Man Loses Appeal in Forrest County Case

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a post-conviction appeal from Virgil Breeden, Jr.

Breeden pleaded guilty to conspiring with an undercover sheriff's deputy to have a Petal couple considering legal action against him killed.

Breeden was sentenced in 2007 to 15 years in prison.

A Forrest County judge denied Breeden's post-conviction petition in 2011.

The Court of Appeals Tuesday 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 that 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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