Former FBI agent who testified on behalf of Bulger expected to plead guilty to lying on the stand

Robert Fitzpatrick, 76, was indicted last year on perjury and obstruction of justice charges.

Robert Fitzpatrick left federal court in April 2015 after he was indicted. –AP

Nearly three years after he testified on behalf of mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s defense, Robert Fitzpatrick will be back in federal court Monday morning to admit that all that he said on the stand about his FBI career wasn’t quite true, according to court records.

The plea agreement brings to an end the year-long prosecution of the former FBI agent. Fitzpatrick was indicted in April 2015 on six counts each of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Among the claims Fitzpatrick made on the stand — and in his book, Betrayal: Whitey Bulger and the FBI Agent Who Fought to Bring Him Down: That Bulger denied to Fitzpatrick that he was an informant. That Fitzpatrick was given a special assignment at the Boston field office. That he left the FBI because of retaliation. That he personally arrested mob boss Jerry Angiulo. And that he found the rifle used to assassinate Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Fitzpatrick was pummeled on the stand by then-federal prosecutor Brian T. Kelly, who opened up his cross examination of the witness with, “It’s fair to say that you’re a man who likes to make up stories?”

It’s unclear which of the 12 counts against him Fitzpatrick will plead guilty to.

As recently as March, federal prosecutors filed motions to present evidence about the King assassination from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, to show that Fitzpatrick repeatedly lied about recovering the gun that killed King.

Fitzpatrick is 76 and in declining health, so it’s unclear whether he will serve time. Sentencing would take place in another hearing after the plea on Monday.

His attorney, Robert Goldstein, did not return a message seeking comment. WBUR’s David Boeri last week reported that Fitzpatrick told him he had a difficult decision to make about whether to plead guilty.

“Fitzpatrick had often used this line with interviewers about his struggle inside the FBI,” Boeri reported. “‘I was fighting against the system, and I lost.'”

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