man convicted for the 1965 murder of mobster
Edward "Teddy" Deegan. Limone was granted a new trial
and released without bail
January 5, 2001, after newly published FBI
documents indicated that the FBI knew that Limone was innocent
of the crime
. Limone spent over 32 years in prison, including 4 years on death row
, until Massachusetts
eliminated the death penalty
66 year-old Limone was freed after the DOJ released the reports from a special task force setup to investigate internal corruption in the FBI. The reports suggested Limone and three other men accused of the crime did not kill Deegan.
Now-retired FBI agents said the government not only had information that the men were innocent, but also allowed informant Joseph "The Animal" Barboza to testify against his enemies as the only witness at trial.