Connolly was acquitted of conspiracy to commit first degree murder.
This clearly was a compromise verdict. Connolly either killed Callahan on orders from the Boston Mob to prevent Callahan from testifying about the Mob's role in the murder of Jai Alia owner Roger Wheeler, which would be premeditated murder, or he didn't.
We wonder who asked for the lesser- the prosecution or the defense?
The title of the post links to the Herald Article.
Under the old guidelines, second degree murder was 12-17 years, but if memory serves us, 1982 was pre-guidelines.
So now Judge Blake is faced with imposing a 1982 era sentence on a defendant convicted with inconsistent verdicts.
This is no slam dunk victory for the prosecution.