What was John Connolly Jr. from the FBI incarcerated for?
John J. “Zip” Connolly Jr. is a former FBI agent, currently incarcerated in a federal penitentiary for racketeering and obstruction of justice convictions stemming from his relationship with Whitey Bulger, Steve Flemmi, and the Winter Hill Gang. State police and other federal officers had been trying to imprison Whitey Bulger for years, but somehow Bulger always avoided getting caught. As the FBI handler for Bulger and Flemmi, Connolly had been protecting them from prosecution by feeding him information about possible attempts to catch them. Connolly was indicted on December 22, 1999 on charges of alerting Bulger and Flemmi to investigations, falsifying FBI reports to cover their crimes, and accepting bribes. In 2000, he was charged with additional racketeering related offenses. He was convicted on the racketeering charges in 2002 and sentenced to 10 years in prison. Sources: http://en.wikipedia.