Prosecutors Seek Restitution in 2006 Raid

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Prosecutors say late Jackson Mayor Frank Melton's former bodyguards should pay $37,080 in restitution for a duplex and personal items destroyed in a sledgehammer attack on a suspected crack house.

Melton and his bodyguards, two Jackson police officers, were accused of leading the vigilante raid on the duplex in 2006. Melton died in May before he could be tried a second time.

The bodyguards both pleaded guilty and were sentenced to probation. Now the government and defense are trying to come up with an agreeable amount of restitution.

Prosecutors say $10,050 should go to the man who rented the house to cover everything from dentures to 25 shirts and the owner of the duplex should get $27,030.

Attorneys for the bodyguards say that's excessive.

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