James Earl Files|
January 24, 1942
|Other names||James Sutton|
Attempted murder (2 counts)|
Aggravated discharge of a firearm
Aggravated battery with a firearm
|Criminal penalty||50 years|
|Criminal status||Paroled in May 2016|
May 7, 1991|
|Location(s)||Round Lake Beach, Illinois|
|Weapons||AKS 7.62 semiautomatic rifle|
|May 7, 1991|
|Imprisoned at||Stateville Correctional Center|
In 2010, Playboy magazine published an article by Hillel Levin in which Files also implicated Charles Nicoletti and John Roselli in the assassination of Kennedy.
An "anonymous FBI source", later identified as Zack Shelton, has been reported by some researchers as having told Joe West, a private investigator in Houston, in the early 1990s about an inmate in an Illinois penitentiary who might have information about the Kennedy assassination. On August 17, 1992, West interviewed Files at Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois. After West's death in 1993, his family requested that his friend, Houston television producer Bob Vernon, take over the records concerning the story. Vernon is the owner of a bullet casing with teeth marks on it, even though it was not found until 1987.