- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former Jackson Police officer has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for bribery.

According to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office, 48-year-old Melvin Williams was sentenced Tuesday by Senior U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee to 27 months behind bars. He was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine and serve three years of supervised release.

In February 2016, Williams contacted a local businessman and threatened to execute an arrest warrant if the businessman didn’t pay Williams a sum of money. During the investigation, the FBI determined that the arrest warrant was not valid. The businessman later agreed to cooperate with the FBI and Williams was paid a total of $6,000 over three separate days.

Williams was fired after being indicted for bribery.

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