Winfield Sentenced to 25 Months in Prison

Jackson, Miss. Former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield has been sentenced to just over two years in prison in a federal bribery case.

The U.S. Attorney's Office and Winfield's lawyer say the former mayor was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Natchez to 25 months in prison. The sentence will be followed by three years supervised release.

Winfield must report to prison by Jan. 6. He pleaded guilty Sept. 16.

Court records say Winfield asked an FBI informant for $10,000 while discussing 'pre-event disaster contracts' with the city in July 2012 and later took some of the money in two cash payments.

Winfield was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and forfeit $7,000, the amount paid to him as a bribe.

Winfield, a Democrat, completed his first term as mayor this year and lost his re-election bid.


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