Former FBI agent John Connolly Jr. wins appeal of Florida murder conviction

Former FBI agent John Connolly Jr. wins appeal of Florida murder conviction

MIAMI, May 28 (UPI) --The much-commended FBI agent brought down by his ties to Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, won an appeal Wednesday of his Florida murder conviction.
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Ruling sought on Bulger immunity claim

BOSTON, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A U.S. prosecutor argued in Boston Wednesday a judge should rule on reputed mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's claims he is protected from prosecution by immunity.

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U.S. asks judge to decide Bulger immunity

BOSTON, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Gangster James "Whitey" Bulger's claims he paid FBI agents for information but was never an informant prove he doesn't have immunity, say federal prosecutors.

Confessed killer testifies in agent's case

MIAMI, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A man who has confessed to killing at least 20 people testified in Miami-Dade County, Fla., that a former FBI agent leaked witness information.

FBI found liable in fisherman's death

BOSTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- A federal judge has ordered the U.S. government to pay more than $3 million to the family of a Quincy, Mass., fisherman.

Jailed gangster to be government witness

MIAMI, July 12 (UPI) -- A 71-year-old gangster serving a life sentence will be the key government witness in the prosecution of a retired FBI agent in Miami on a murder charge.

Former FBI agent charged with '82 murder

MIAMI, May 5 (UPI) -- A Former FBI agent faces state charges of first-degree murder from a 1982 Florida slaying, which could extend his current 10-year prison term to life. John J. Connolly Jr., 64, convicted by a federal jury in 2002 for obstruction of justice and racketeerin

Former FBI agent indicted in 1982 slaying

MIAMI, May 5 (UPI) -- A former FBI agent imprisoned on racketeering and obstruction of justice charges was indicted in the 1982 death of a Miami Jai-alai executive.

Ex-FBI agent sentenced to 10 years

BOSTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A federal judge Monday sentenced a retired FBI special agent credited with putting many New England Mafia figures behind bars to 10 years and one month in prison for racketeering and obstruction of justice. John Connolly, 62, was convicted in May of prote

Convicted ex-FBI agent facing prison time

BOSTON, May 29 (UPI) -- A former FBI special agent once highly praised for recruiting gang bosses as underworld informants now faces lengthy prison time for protecting them. John Connolly remained free on bail Wednesday awaiting sentencing in August after being convicted of rack

Jury convicts ex-FBI agent of corruption

BOSTON, May 28 (UPI) -- A federal jury in Boston Tuesday found a former FBI agent guilty of racketeering and obstruction of justice. The jury deliberated over two days before deciding John Connolly had been corrupted by top Boston gang bosses he recruited as informants.

Jury mulls ex-FBI agent's fate

BOSTON, May 24 (UPI) -- The fate of a former FBI agent was in the hands of a federal jury Friday in Boston. The jurors were deliberating the case of retired FBI Special Agent John Connolly, accused of racketeering and protecting his underworld informants.

Trial of FBI agent nears end

BOSTON, May 22 (UPI) -- Closing arguments were set for Thursday in the Boston trial of a former FBI agent accused of being corrupted by the underworld informants he was supposed to be controlling. Retired FBI Special Agent John Connolly is on trial on federal charges of racketee

Ex-FBI agent's defense rest

BOSTON, May 21 (UPI) -- The defense in a former FBI agent's high-profile trial in Boston rested Tuesday without calling the defendant to rebut federal charges he took bribes to protect his gang-boss informants. Retired Special Agent John J. Connolly Jr. is on trial in a U.S. Dis
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John J. "Zip" Connolly Jr. is a former FBI agent, currently incarcerated in a federal penitentiary for racketeering and obstruction of justice convictions stemming from his relationship with Whitey Bulger, Steve Flemmi, and the Winter Hill Gang. He is the brother-in-law of Arthur Gianelli who is married to Mary Ann Moore, the sister of Connolly's wife Elizabeth.

State police and other federal officers had been trying to imprison Whitey Bulger for years, but somehow Bulger always avoided getting caught. As the FBI handler for Bulger and Flemmi, Connolly (who had grown up in the Old Harbor Housing Project with Bulger) had been protecting them from prosecution by feeding him information about possible attempts to catch them.

Connolly was indicted on December 22, 1999 on charges of alerting Bulger and Flemmi to investigations, falsifying FBI reports to cover their crimes, and accepting bribes. In 2000, he was charged with additional racketeering related offenses. He was convicted on the racketeering charges in 2002 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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