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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Former JPD Officer Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison

Jackson, Miss – Bryan Jones, 45, of Jackson, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan to 27 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for extortion by use of his position as a police officer, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and FBI Special Agent in Charge Donald Alway.

While working as a JPD officer, Jones violated the Hobbs Act by taking cash during a stop from undercover FBI agents and never recording or placing the money in Jackson Police Department evidence. At the time of the stop, Jones was carrying his service pistol holstered on his belt and driving his patrol car.

A confidential source called Jones in order to provide him with the location where he would find who Jones thought was a drug dealer but was really an undercover agent. Jones, acting in his capacity as a police officer, conducted illegal searches and seized $4,000 and $5,000, respectively. He later split the money with the confidential source and never recorded the money or turned it over to the Jackson Police Department.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Jackson Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mary Helen Wall and Erin Chalk.

Updated October 20, 2016