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Wed Jul 29, 2015, 12:51 PM

Court upholds conviction of ex-FBI agent tied to gangster 'Whitey' Bulger

Source: Reuters

US | Wed Jul 29, 2015 1:17pm EDT

Court upholds conviction of ex-FBI agent tied to gangster 'Whitey' Bulger

MIAMI | BY ZACHARY FAGENSON

A Florida appeals court on Wednesday reinstated the 2008 murder conviction of Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger's longtime FBI handler for providing information the gangster used to carry out a 1982 hit.

The state's full Third District Court of Appeals reversed its own decision of a year ago, which had found that the former agent, John Connolly, had been wrongly convicted and sentenced to 40 years in prison for his role in the murder of John Callahan, the president of sports betting operation World Jai-Alai.

Bulger's notorious Winter Hill gang had targeted Callahan for death because it wanted to take over the highly profitable operation.

In a 6-4 ruling, the full appeals court found that a three-judge panel had erred last year when it overturned Connolly's conviction for second-degree murder for providing information that Bulger's gang used to carry out Callahan's killing.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/29/us-usa-crime-bulger-idUSKCN0Q327M20150729

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