Ex-FBI agent seeks release from Fla. prison during appeal in murder tied to mobster Bulger

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MIAMI — A former FBI agent is seeking release from a Florida prison while an appeals court reconsiders his conviction in a mob-style murder tied to Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.

Attorneys for former agent John Connolly are asking the Florida Supreme Court to free him during the appeal. Connolly has served nearly six years of a 40-year sentence in the 1982 killing of Miami gambling executive John Callahan.

A three-judge panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal ruled in May that Connolly's second-degree murder conviction was barred by the statute of limitations because a firearms enhancement was improperly applied. But prosecutors asked the full court to reconsider, and oral arguments are set Feb. 12.

Although a hit man shot Callahan, testimony showed Connolly fed information to Bulger that led to his killing.

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