Joseph Salvati

30 years

Exonerated on January 31, 2001


Joseph Salvati 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.

Salvati’s sentence was overturned in 2001, after an FBI task force discovered evidence that he was convicted based on perjured testimony. Joseph Barboza, a mob informant, testified against Salvati and his three co-defendants. It was later discovered that the FBI hid information that could exonerate the men because they were trying to protect Barboza, their informant. Salvati spent over 30 years in prison for the crime.

Read the Boston Herald report