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Thornton asks judge to withdraw guilty plea

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 8/08/2014 3:26 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- A federal judge is reviewing the motion of a Booneville man to allow him to withdraw a guilty plea to enticement of a child.

Michael Wayne Thornton, 32, and his attorney appeared in court Thursday to ask the judge to allow him to withdraw his admission of guilt.

Thornton was arrested in January of 2013 by Tupelo police after they say he talked to an undercover officer posing as a 15-year-old girl for sex and arranged a meeting.

Thornton pleaded guilty to the charges in February, but now says he was the victim of entrapment and is in fact innocent of the charges.

His attorney says he also has a history of mental illness and was going through marital problems and depression at the time of his arrest.

The motion also says Thornton's former attorney failed to asked for a competency hearing after he underwent a mental evaluation.

The judge took the motion under advisement and is expected to issue a ruling in a few days.

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