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Former Vicksburg mayor released from federal prison

Paul Winfield

Paul Winfield

VICKSBURG — Former Vicksburg Mayor Paul E. Winfield, who pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges in 2013, is living at a halfway house and working in a Jackson law office.

A Bureau of Prisons spokesman tells The Vicksburg Post that Winfield, who was an inmate at the federal prison in Montgomery, Alabama, was transferred to the halfway house Feb. 25. His projected release date is Oct. 28.

Winfield, a former attorney, pleaded guilty to seeking $10,000 in cash from a confidential FBI informant in exchange for a city contract. He was sentenced to 25 months.

Winfield is working for Jackson lawyer Dennis Sweet. Sweet represented Winfield in his bribery case.

The newspaper says Winfield declined comment when contacted at Sweet’s office.

Winfield was elected mayor in 2009 but lost a re-election bid.

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