Former Hazlehurst officer arrested for alleged extortion

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the attorney generals office.

A former Hazlehurst police officer has been arrested following indictment on one count of extortion, confirmed Attorney General Jim Hood today.

LaGracha Amon Carter-Boyd, 25, of Hazlehurst was arrested Friday by officers with the Copiah County Sheriff's Office following indictment by a Copiah County Grand Jury for extortion.  The indictment alleges that Boyd, while on duty, accepted money from a citizen on the pretense of "fixing" a ticket that Boyd had previously issued the same citizen.

If convicted, Boyd faces up to five years behind bars.  As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The investigation is being conducted by the Copiah Sheriff's Office, the Hazlehurst Police Department and Investigator Keith Denson with the Attorney General's Public Integrity Division.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stan Alexander.