Ex-Miss. mayor sentenced to 2 years for bribery

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Posted: Nov 19, 2013 1:17 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The former mayor of Vicksburg, Miss., has been sentenced to just over two years in prison for seeking a $10,000 bribe in exchange for a city contract.

Paul Winfield's attorney and the U.S. Attorney's Office say the ex-mayor was sentenced on Tuesday to 25 months to be followed by three years on supervised release.

The Democrat completed his first term as mayor earlier this year and lost his re-election bid.

Winfield pleaded guilty in federal court on Sept. 16 and agreed to never seek public office again.

Court records say a confidential FBI informant called Winfield on in 2012 to discuss contracts with the city.

At a Jackson restaurant the next day, the informant asked Winfield what it would take to get the contract. The complaint says "Winfield responded 'Ten' and held up 10 fingers, signifying $10,000."