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November 30, 2021

Trooper indicted on extortion charges

Therese Apel

A trooper with the Mississippi highway patrol has been indicted for extortion out of Scott County.

Michael Holifield, who has been with Highway Patrol since 2019, was indicted eight days ago.

The indictment states that Holifield is accused of intentionally getting property, “or any reward, favor, or advantage by threatening to inflict bodily injury on any person by committing or threatening to commit any other criminal offense.”

Each count is based on two or more “acts and transactions… constituting parts of a common scheme and plan.”

Trooper Holifield worked the Meridian District of MHP in 2019.

MHP has had no comment so far on the situation, and according to WLBT, Attorney General Lynn Fitch’s office would only confirm an active investigation.

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