October 20, 2014
MIAMI (AP) - A Florida appeals court has overturned the murder conviction for a former FBI agent linked to mobster Whitey Bulger, but prosecutors have promised to appeal.
The 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that former agent John Connolly was improperly convicted and sentenced to 40 years for his role in the 1982 slaying of a gambling executive. A hit man testified that he killed World Jai-Alai President John Callahan after ex-agent Connolly tipped Bulger and others that the executive would implicate them in another death.
The court ruled 2-1 that Connolly's second-degree murder conviction was barred by the statute of limitations. His attorneys said prosecutors improperly used a firearms allegation.
An attorney for Connolly says the court should have issued this ruling years ago. But prosecutors say they're committed to the case.
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