The Latest: Ex-FBI agent pleads guilty to perjury

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Posted: May 09, 2016 2:52 PM
The Latest: Ex-FBI agent pleads guilty to perjury

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the former FBI agent who pleaded guilty to lying on the stand during Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger's trial (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

A former FBI agent has pleaded guilty to lying on the stand during Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger's trial.

Robert Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Boston to six counts each of perjury and obstruction of justice.

The now-76-year-old Fitzpatrick, who had been second-in-command of the FBI's Boston division during Bulger's bloody reign in Boston, was the first witness Bulger's lawyers called during the high-profile trial in 2013.

Prosecutors say Fitzpatrick falsely claimed to be the first officer who recovered the rifle used to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. They suggested he was just trying to sell copies of a book he wrote about Bulger.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 5. He faces two years of probation, as agreed to by prosecutors and the defense.

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12:20 a.m.

A former FBI agent accused of lying during Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger's trial is expected to plead guilty to perjury charges.

Robert Fitzpatrick is scheduled to appear Monday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Boston for a change-of-plea hearing.

The now-76-year-old is accused of lying to jurors and overstating his professional accomplishments during Bulger's 2013 trial.

Prosecutors say Fitzpatrick falsely claimed to be the first officer who recovered the rifle used to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, among other things.

He originally pleaded not guilty last April to six counts each of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Fitzpatrick had been second-in-command of the FBI's Boston division. He was the first witness Bulger's lawyers called during the trial.