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Ex-FBI Agent Convicted of Murder in Mob Case

Ex-FBI agent John Connolly was convicted in a long drawn out trial that was an embarrassment to the Boston FBI.

Ex-Agent Connolly/cbs news

Ex-Agent Connolly/cbs news

By David Ovalle
Miami Herald
MIAMI — Jurors have found ex-FBI agent John Connolly guilty of second-degree murder for his role in helping Boston mobsters assassinate an accountant in South Florida in 1982. He was found not guilty of a second charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
In the 1970s and ’80s, Connolly was a star agent in the FBI’s Boston office, developing criminal informants and helping dismantle the New England Mafia.
But in a closely followed saga in Boston and one the FBI’s most embarrassing scandals, Connolly’s two star informants corrupted him, prosecutors said.
The allegation: James ”Whitey” Bulger and Stephen ”The Rifleman” Flemmi ordered the murder of John Callahan based on a tip from Connolly.
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