Guilty plea in murder-for-hire plot

A 56-year-old building contractor from Dixie pleaded guilty today to trying to hire a hit man to kill an elderly Petal couple.

Virgil Breeden was sentenced to two 10-year prison terms on two counts of attempted capital murder.

Breeden was accused of trying to hire an undercover police officer for $500 to kill Frank and Jerrine Wilson.  The couple had paid Breeden $74,000 to build an addition to their Petal home, but never completed the job.

He reportedly wanted the hit man to kill the couple when they came home from church on a Sunday night.

Judge Bob Helfrich sentenced Breeden to 10 years on each count, with five years suspended on the second charge.