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James 'Whitey' Bulger's former rogue FBI informant handler John Connolly granted conditional medical release from prison

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Former FBI agent John Connolly listens in court as Assistant State Attorney Michael Von Samft questions Thomas Foley, former head of Massachusetts State Police, Friday, Sept. 19, 2008, in Miami. Connolly is charged with setting up the 1982 murder of gambling executive John Callahan at the airport in Miami. (AP Photo/Marice Cohn Band, Pool) ** MAGS OUT, NO SALES **

The former rogue FBI informant handler for mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger will be released from a Florida prison on a conditional medical release, a spokesman for the Florida Commission on Offender Review told CNN.

(CNN)The former rogue FBI informant handler for mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger will be released from a Florida prison on a conditional medical release, a spokesman for the Florida Commission on Offender Review told CNN.

John Connolly was released because he has terminal cancer, his attorney, James E.

Two of the three commissioners on the Commission on Offender Review agreed to let Connolly out of prison, spokesperson Angela Meredith told CNN.

"It's unclear when he will be released, but the release is in process," Meredith said, though Connolly's attorney said it could happen as early as Friday.

Connolly and Bulger

During his 2008 trial, prosecutors presented evidence that in 1982, Connolly, then an FBI agent, schemed with Bulger and the Winter Hill gang to kill businessman John Callahan.

It was revealed in court that Connolly, Bulger and associates met over several weeks before the slaying, but it was "undisputed" that hit man James Martorano, and not Connolly, fired the murder weapon.

"While the damage caused by John Connolly's corrupt relationship with James Bulger and others can never be forgiven, and Connolly has been shown compassion and consideration that his victims were not, we agree with the sentiments of Mary and Patrick Callahan that Connolly should be permitted to die at home with his friends and family," Lelling said in a statement.

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