A Pearl River County jury has convicted a former law enforcement officer of trying to have his wife and stepdaughter killed.
The Hattiesburg American reported that the jury found Averal Burnett guilty Wednesday on two counts of attempted capital murder in Poplarville.
Burnett is scheduled to be sentenced by 15th Circuit Court Judge Prentiss Harrell on Jan. 6. Burnett faces a maximum penalty of no less than 20 years on each count.
Burnett, 47, was accused of giving money to a former cellmate at the Pearl River County Jail between July 13-15. Instead, the cellmate went to authorities and told of the plot.
Burnett spent the majority of his 22 years in law enforcement with the Hattiesburg Police Department.