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John Connolly

AP MIAMI —  The attorney for former Boston FBI agent John”Zip” Connolly convicted in a 1982 mob murder in Florida ordered by Winter Hill  Mob rats James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi–is asking an appeals court for a new hearing. Reports AP  Washinton Post  Read Here 

MIAMI — A former Boston FBI agent convicted in a 1982 mob-related murder in Florida is asking an appeals court for a new hearing

The lawyer  for 70-year-old John Connolly asked the Third District Court of Appeal on Wednesday to reconsider a March 2 decision by a three-judge panel upholding the conviction.

Connolly is facing 40 years in prison for second-degree murder. Prosecutors said Connolly tipped Boston mobsters  that gambling executive John Callahan was likely to finger them for another murder, leading to Callahan’s slaying in South Florida.

Connolly contends he never touched the gun used to kill Callahan, so he could not be convicted decades later of second-degree murder. That crime in 1982 had a four-year statute of limitations.

Connolly is currently imprisoned on a federal corruption conviction.