Former Bodyguard Gets Probation

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A former police bodyguard for late Jackson Mayor Frank Melton walked out of federal court with probation Wednesday for his role in a 2006 raid on an alleged crack house.

Melton and officers Marcus Wright and Michael Recio were indicted in 2008 on federal charges of allegedly ordering a sledgehammer attack on the Jackson duplex.

Wright pleaded guilty and became prosecutors' star witness. He was sentenced to one year of probation and a $500 fine on a misdemeanor conspiracy charge. Wright said he's pleased with the sentence. The first federal trial ended in mistrial.

Melton died May 7 after losing a bid for re-election and before a second federal trial began. Recio then pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. His sentencing is Thursday.

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