Enrico "Henry" Tameleo

17 years

Exonerated on January 31, 2001


Enrico “Henry” Tameleo was convicted of the 1965 murder of Edward Deegan, who was shot to death in an alley. The FBI used wire taps in order to eavesdrop on mob members as they asked permission to kill Deegan, who had insulted them. The FBI did nothing with this information, but instead let the hit take place. Deegan was found in Chelsea, Massachusetts after being shot six times with at least three different guns.

Together, Joseph Barboza and Vincent Flemmi testified against Tameleo and five other people including Peter J. Limone, Joseph Salvati, and Louis Greco. Barboza and Flemmi stated that Tameleo had orchestrated the hit. While the two informants admitted to being involved, they never served any time. Tameleo was originally sentenced to death in 1968, but his sentence was reduced to life in prison in 1972.

It was later discovered that the FBI withheld information that could exonerate the men in effort to protect Barboza and Flemmi. Sadly, Tameleo died in prison of respiratory failure in 1985 after being imprisoned for 17 years. He was formally exonerated posthumously in 2001.