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Fla. Court Asked To Keep Ex-FBI Agent Connolly's Conviction

Florida prosecutors are asking an appeals court to reconsider its decision to toss the murder conviction and prison sentence for a former FBI agent in a mob-style killing linked to jailed Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger.

John Connolly, after his conviction in Miami in 2008 (AP)
John Connolly, after his conviction in Miami in 2008 (AP)

The Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office filed a motion Thursday in the case of ex-agent John Connolly. A panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal last month ruled that Connolly's second-degree murder conviction was barred by the statute of limitations because a firearms enhancement was improperly applied.

Connolly is serving 40 years in the 1982 slaying of Miami gambling executive John Callahan. Although a hit man shot Callahan, testimony showed Connolly fed information to Bulger and others that led to his killing.

Prosecutors say the appeals decision was wrong and are seeking rehearing.

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