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Booneville man asks to withdraw guilty plea

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 5/07/2014 3:32 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- A Booneville man who pleaded guilty in February to federal charges he attempted to meet a teenage girl for sex is now asking for permission to withdraw the plea.

Michael Wayne Thornton, 31, was arrested in January of 2013 as part of an internet sex crime sting conducted by the Tupelo Police Department.

The federal indictment says he arranged to meet a detective posing as a 15-year-old girl for sex and was arrested after driving to Tupelo.

In documents filed Wednesday, Thornton claims he was the victim of entrapment and is in face innocent to 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.

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