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Ex-Jackson officer sentenced in assault of man, 19

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former Jackson police officer accused of using excessive force against a 19-year-old has been sentenced to jail time.

Vincent Lampkin was sentenced Thursday on a simple assault charge and a simple assault to create fear charge in Hinds County Justice Court. In addition to serving six months on each charge, he must pay a $1,000 fine.

Victim John Knight III said Lampkin yanked him out of his car and struck him for no reason during a traffic stop earlier this year.

Lampkin was originally placed on paid administrative leave, but was fired after an internal investigation.