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From: Otis Willie
Subject: Former FBI agent in Boston sentenced to 10 years for tipping off his top mob in
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 17:21:09 EDT
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2002 21:21:09 GMT
Former FBI agent in Boston sentenced to 10 years for tipping off his
top mob informants
(EXCERPT) Mon Sep 16, 2:31 PM ET, by DENISE LAVOIE, Associated Press
BOSTON - A former FBI ( news - web sites) agent who had been credited
with helping to cripple the New England Mafia was sentenced to more
than 10 years in prison Monday for protecting his top mob informants,
including tipping them off to upcoming mob indictments.
John Connolly, 62, declined an opportunity to speak at his sentencing
hearing. He blew a kiss to relatives seated in the front row as he was
escorted, without handcuffs, from the courtroom.
U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro had rejected motions from both the
prosecution and the defense to deviate from federal guidelines, which
called for a sentence of eight years and one month to 10 years and one
Tauro had been deluged with 200 letters from friends of Connolly
asking for leniency. He also received letters — including one from
Robert Jordan, assistant director of the FBI office of professional
responsibility — asking him to impose the maximum sentence.
The judge also rejected defense requests that he be freed on bail
pending appeal or that he be allowed to report on his own to begin
serving his sentence.
Connolly was considered a top agent for his help in breaking the New
England Mafia in the 1970s and 1980s by using information he...
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