Ex-deputy pleads in sheriff plot

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- A former Rutherford County sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty to reduced charges after being accused of attempting to kill Sheriff Truman Jones.

Bruce Bailey was initially charged with attempted first-degree murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony, possession of a weapon on school property, aggravated criminal trespass and public intoxication in October 2007.

The Daily News Journal reports he instead pleaded guilty Wednesday to reduced charges of attempted aggravated assault and possession of a weapon on school property.

He will spend six months in jail and will be on probation for eight years. At his plea hearing in Circuit Court, Bailey said he'd had resentment toward the sheriff after being fired from his job.

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