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Capitol city officer charged with bribery

JACKSON, Miss.- A federal grand jury issued a one-count indictment against a Jackson police officer for soliciting, demanding, and accepting a bribe. 

The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge, Donald Alway.

The officer in question is Melvin Williams. He was arrested on Thursday afternoon.

The charges come from an incident spanning from February 2016 to September 2016 where Williams solicited and received bribes totaling $5,000 from an unnamed person who expected to be influenced and rewarded.

He is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith BallFriday at 2:30 p.m. The case will be prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Patrick Lemon and the investigation is ongoing by the FBI.

Williams could face 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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