which investigates how FBI agents covered up a murder by married FBI agent Mark Putnam after he got his informant pregnant.
F.B.I. Agent Admits Slaying and Gets 16 Years
June 13, 1990
A FBI agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation was indicted on a manslaughter charge today, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.
It was believed to be the first time anyone had been charged with committing a crime involving homicide while an agent for the bureau, said Terry O'Connor, special agent in charge of all F.B.I. offices in Kentucky.
Today's rapid developments followed weeks of negotiation between Commonwealth's Attorney John Paul Runyon and 30-year-old Mark Putnam, who resigned from the F.B.I. last Friday and who with his plea today admitted the slaying last year of a pregnant woman, Susan Daniels Smith, 27, with whom he was romantically involved.
Ms. Smith had met Mr. Putnam while he was assigned to the bureau's office in this city 120 miles southeast of Lexington and she was serving as an informer in a car theft case. Last week, a year after she disappeared, Mr. Putnam led the police to her remains near an old coal-mining road nine miles north of town.