Parole Board Lets John Connolly Stay Free Indefinitely

By Steve Neavling

John Connolly, the disgraced former FBI agent who was sentenced to 40 years behind bars for working with mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, may remain free of prison indefinitely, a parole board has ruled, the Boston Herald reports.  

In February 2021, the Florida Commission on Offender Review voted 2 to 1 to grant Connolly’s request for medical release after his lawyers said he had terminal cancer. 

But the prediction of his imminent death never came to fruition. 

Nevertheless, the Florida Commission on Offender Review said Connolly can live indefinitely with his wife in Massachusetts. The next review is scheduled in “two to seven years.”

Connolly had been serving a 40-year sentence for working with Bulger. 

While working for the FBI’s Boston Field Office in the 1970s, Connolly recruited Bulger as an informant. Connolly was convicted of second-degree murder for participating in a plot to kill a Florida businessman in 1982 at the urging of Bulger, who was killed in a West Virginia prison in 2018. 

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