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GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) - James Robert Duke has been bound over for trial on state charges of trying to have his parents killed.

Duke, 28, is charged with two counts of solicitation of first-degree murder.

Duke already is serving a 10-year federal sentence after pleading guilty to conspiracy to use a telephone to plot his parents' murders.

During Duke's preliminary hearing before Circuit Judge Victoria Schofield on Monday, Sweetwater County Attorney Harold Moneyhun relied on court documents dealing with Duke's guilty plea on the federal charge.

According to the documents, Duke offered Roger Brauburger, of Green River, $20,000 in January 1999 to kill Duke's parents, James Larry and Roberta Duke.

Brauburger went to the police.

Duke will appear in District Court at an arraignment to the two charges of solicitation of first-degree murder. Bond was continued at $500,000.

If convicted of soliciting first-degree murder, he could be sentenced to a maximum of life in prison without parole and a $10,000 fine for each count.

Separately, Duke is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his wife, Liana Mae Duke, 22, and son, Eric Robert Duke.

The mother and son died after falling 180 feet from a cliff at Flaming Gorge Reservoir on Aug. 10, 1996. Duke told investigators he was getting a soda from his car when the two fell.

The deaths were ruled accidental, but the case was kept open because police questioned how the two got themselves into such a dangerous position.

The revelation of the plot to kill the parents renewed suspicions in the deaths of Duke's wife and son.

Duke's brother, Patrick Duke, was sentenced to one year and nine months in prison after pleading guilty to failing to report the plot against their parents.

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