Shady ex-FBI agent John “Zip” Connolly’s “conditional medical release” is up earlier than a Florida parole board subsequent week.
This means the previous handler of murdered mobster James “Whitey” Bulger may very well be pressured again behind bars.
The 83-year-old Connolly was allowed to return to Massachusetts on a medical launch on Feb. 17, 2021, as a result of he had a few yr to reside after being referred to as “terminally ill.” That estimated timeline of his demise has not confirmed right.
The Florida Commission on Offender Review voted 2-1 to grant Connolly’s medical launch, permitting him to “finish out his life in sunshine,” as one supporter testified that day.
Now, that very same fee has Connolly on the agenda for Tuesday. Zip is eleventh on the record of convicts set for “Parole and Conditional Medical Releases/Revocations” in a listening to slated to start at 9 a.m.
Connolly was convicted of second-degree homicide in 2008 for sporting his FBI-issued sidearm when he met with Whitey Bulger in Boston to warn him of what businessman John Callahan knew. Bulger was murdered in a West Virginia jail in 2018.
Callahan, the previous president of World Jai Alai, was shot lifeless by John Martorano, one in every of Whitey’s hitmen. Martorano testified he was working for the mobster when he killed Callahan, his buddy. Whitey needed Callahan lifeless as a result of the Boston businessman might implicate them in a 1981 slaying of one other World Jai Alai govt.
Callahan’s widow, Mary Callahan, has been left to manage and stick with it as finest she will.
She instructed the Herald Friday she is grateful the Florida parole board had the decency to alert her to Tuesday’s listening to.
“As a victim, it is good to know they follow up,” mentioned Mary Callahan, additionally in her early 80s. “He’s supposed to stay at home unless he’s going to the doctor or church. I want to know if they are watching.”
Connolly can also be gathering a pension, because the Herald beforehand reported.
He saved his pension, regardless of being convicted of second-degree homicide in 2008, as a result of Congress handed the Hiss Act in 1954 that permits lawmakers, and due to this fact federal staff, to maintain their retirement advantages until convicted of espionage or treason.
The interstate compact signed by Connolly permitting him to relocate house together with his spouse in Massachusetts states “termination of supervision” is about for December of 2047. That now appears in jeopardy.