Woman pleads guilty to attempted murder for mistaken cheese

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A woman who mistook a block of cheese for a brick of cocaine has pleaded guilty in Memphis to attempted murder charges.

Eighteen-year-old Jessice Sandy Booth was sentenced to 15 years in prison after entering her plea yesterday.

Prosecutors say Booth visited the home of four men and saw a block of queso fresco -- a white, crumbly cheese commonly used in cooking Mexican dishes.

The hit man Booth tried to hire turned out to be an undercover police officer. Prosecutor Paul Hagerman says the officer gave her a chance to back out, asking her if she really wanted to go through with the plan. Hagerman says Booth said she needed the money for modeling school.

Booth planned to take part in the murders, and went with a police officer to buy a handgun. She told investigators that she planned to make sure all possible witnesses were killed.

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