April 26, 2023

Former Jackson police officer indicted over alleged gun sale

Therese Apel

A federal grand jury in Jackson returned an indictment charging a former Jackson Police Department officer with selling a firearm to a convicted felon, announced U.S. Attorney Darren J. LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Jermicha Fomby of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to court documents, Torrence Donnell Mayfield, 51, of Jackson, is charged with having sold a firearm to a person he knew to be a convicted felon. It is against federal law to sell a firearm to a known convicted felon.

The indictment was actually handed down in March of 2022, over a year ago. Sources say Mayfield worked for Hinds County District Attorney Jody Owens in the meantime. He has also recently made the news after a WLBT reporter published stories on his seemingly excessive overtime.

Mayfield made his initial court appearance Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge F. Keith Ball who scheduled the case for trial on May 30, 2023 in U.S. District Court in Jackson. If convicted, Mayfield faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

The FBI is investigating the case.

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