Meridian Star

November 8, 2012

Ex-Jackson officer pleads guilty in bribery case


Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. — The last of three former Jackson police officers charged in a bribery case has pleaded guilty.

WAPT TV reports Anthony Ricardo Payne changed his plea to guilty on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Jackson, one week before his trial was to begin.

Two other former officers, Monyette Quintel Jefferson and Terence Dale Jenkins, pleaded guilty Oct. 17. Their sentencing is set for Jan. 7. However, it may be pushed to Feb. 28, to coincide with Payne's sentencing hearing.

The three men were indicted on charges of accepting bribes to protect drug shipments. It turned out the men they thought were drug dealers were really FBI agents.