Former FBI agent pleads guilty to perjury, obstruction of justice in Bulger trial

A former FBI Special Agent has pleaded guilty to 12 counts of an indictment charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with his 2013 testimony in James "Whitey" Bulger’s trial. 

Robert Fitzpatrick, 76, of Charlestown R.I., had overall supervisory responsibility of the organized crime program in Boston between 1981 and 19865, a time period in which Bulger, while an active FBI informant, was involved in eight murders. 

Fitzpatrick was called to testify at the Bulger trial on July 29 and July 30, 2013. 

In pleading guilty, Fitzpatrick admitted he lied when he testified at Bulger’s trial that he tried to end Bulger’s relationship with the FBI and target Bulger for prosecution but was overruled by high authorities in the FBI. 

Sentencing was set for Aug. 5. 

If the judge accepts the plea, he must sentence Fitzpatrick to 24 months’ probation, a fine of $12,500 and a special assessment of $1,200. 

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