Reputed Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger said from jail that he'd like to help a fellow prison mate who claims he's been wrongfully behind bars for the past 32 years.
Fred Wiechel was convicted in the 1980 shooting death of boxer Bobby LaMonica. But he's always maintained his innocence, United Press International reported.
Now Bulger has offered to give sworn statements that supposedly show imprisoned Weichel didn't commit the crime — that Bulger actually had a conversation with the real killer at a South Boston bar, the Boston Globe reported. Bulger said the true killer met with him to ask his advice about what to do about LaMonica, because the two had a fight.
Bulger, in letters he wrote to the court about Weichel's case, said he told the man: "If you don't get him first, I'd say he will get you — he's dangerous — so again kill him, and it's over. And also never — never repeat this conversation to anyone — my only warning — you know what will happen if you do," the Boston Globe reported.
LaMonica was fatally shot shortly after outside his Braintree apartment, and a teenage witness identified Weichel as the gunman. But Weichel insists he didn't commit the crime.
Bulger said that he will provide Weichel's attorneys with a sworn statement about the incident — but will not give away the real killer's name. Bulger, who's 84 and suffering heart problems, also advised Weichel's attorneys to move quickly.
The mobster was arrested in California in 2011 and sentenced in 2013 to two consecutive life terms in federal prison for charges related to murder and extortion.
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