Friday 17 November 2017

US mob boss jailed for 11 killings

James
James "Whitey" Bulger shown in a courtroom sketch at his sentencing hearing in federal court in Boston (AP/Jane Flavell Collins)
James "Whitey" Bulger shown in a courtroom sketch at his sentencing hearing in federal court in Boston (AP/Jane Flavell Collins)

Boston mob boss James 'Whitey' Bulger has been sentenced to life in prison for 11 killings and a string of other charges including extortion and money laundering.

The 84-year-old called his trial this summer a sham and declined to testify there or at his sentencing hearing.

Judge Denise Casper told Bulger in the Boston court on Thursday his crimes were "heinous" and "all about money." Bulger looked directly at her, listening intently.

She then sentenced him to two consecutive life sentences, plus five years.

The sentencing ends a sordid chapter in Boston history featuring FBI and government corruption that helped Bulger continue a reign of terror for decades and flee the city just ahead of an indictment.

He was a fugitive for more than 16 years until he was captured in Santa Monica, California, in 2011.

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