- Associated Press - Monday, August 1, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Jackson man has been accused of offering money to a former Hinds County assistant district attorney in exchange for the dismissal of three charges.

Robert Henderson, 44, was arrested Friday following a joint investigation by the Mississippi attorney general’s office and the FBI, according to The Clarion-Ledger (https://on.thec-l.com/2apuQBE ).

Henderson has been accused of offering Ivon Johnson, a former assistant DA, $500 in exchange for the dismissal of three charges. The alleged exchange took place in June.

On July 28, Johnson pleaded guilty to conspiracy in connection to allegations he took money in exchange for recommending lowering the bond amount for a criminal defendant.

Henderson also worked on the election campaign of Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith, passing out yard signs.

Henderson has been charged with bribing a public official and conspiracy to bribe a public official. His bond was set at $10,000 bond by Hinds County Justice Court Judge Frank Sutton.

According to the affidavit against Johnson, in October 2014, Johnson recommended a reduction in a criminal defendant’s bond from $15,000 to $3,500 in exchange for $300.

The charge against Johnson came a month after officials arrested Smith, who is accused of aiding two criminal defendants, Christopher Butler and Darnell Turner.

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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