Wis. court denies request by man who shot cops

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A state appeals court has denied an appeal by a man convicted of shooting two Milwaukee police officers in the face in 2009.

Julius Burton pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. He was sentenced to 80 years in prison for shooting Officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch. They survived and are still on the force.

Burton, who has a history of mental illness, filed a post-conviction motion seeking to withdraw his pleas. The circuit court denied the motion and he appealed.

He argued that records showed his attorney and the circuit court failed to advise him he could plead guilty but have a jury determine if he was mentally responsibility.

His current attorney, Esther Cohen Lee, said she plans to ask the Wisconsn Supreme Court to consider the case.