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Judge Sentences ‘Whitey’ Bulger To Two Life Terms In Prison

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
November 14, 2013

James “Whitey” Bulger has been sentenced to two terms of life in prison, to run consecutively, plus five years for his role in the murder of 11 people. Bulger, 84, is also being punished for racketeering and other crimes. Before announcing the sentence, Judge Denise Casper read aloud the names of Bulger’s victims.

Relatives of the victims testified at a hearing in Boston yesterday. As Mark reported, a woman took the chance to tell the former mob boss, “we got you, you rat.”

Judge Casper’s sentence also includes a call for Bulger to pay around $19 million in restitution.

Bulger did not address the court Wednesday. As his sentence was read, he stoically stood between his attorneys.

Addressing Bulger as she prepared to announce his punishment Thursday, Casper reprimanded the notorious gangster for his actions — and for becoming a fugitive.

From Boston, WBUR reports that there was a “strong moment” this morning, as Casper told Bulger, “You, sir, do not represent this city.”

“The scope, the callousness, the depravity of your crimes are almost unfathomable,” Casper said to Bulger. “Your crimes are made all the more heinous because they are all about money.” [Copyright 2013 NPR]

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