Ex-FBI Agent to Plead Guilty to Perjury During Bulger Trial

FILE - This file June 23, 2011, booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James "Whitey" Bulger. Former mobster Bulger, convicted of participating in 11 murders during the 1970s and '80s, will not get a new trial, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday, March 4, 2016. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service, File)

FILE – (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service, File)

BOSTON (AP) — 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.

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