Judge postpones ex-mayor’s bribery trial

VICKSBURG — A federal judge has postponed a trial for former Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield on charges he sought $10,000 in cash in exchange for awarding a city contract.

Paul Winfield’s trial was scheduled to start tomorrow in Natchez. On Friday, however, U.S. District Judge David Bramlette delayed it until Sept. 30 to give prosecutors and defense attorneys more time to negotiate a possible resolution of the case.

The Vicksburg Post reports that Winfield was arrested by the FBI earlier this year after he allegedly solicited a bribe from a confidential FBI informant for awarding a debris removal contract.

The Democrat served one term as mayor before losing his re-election bid this year.

If convicted at trial, Winfield faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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