Notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was sentenced yesterday to two life sentences in prison plus five years by a federal judge who cited the lives Bulger wrecked as he rampaged for decades through Boston's underworld under the protection of corrupt FBI agents, reports the Boston Globe. “The testimony of human suffering that you and your associates inflicted on others was at times agonizing to hear and painful to watch,” said U.S. District Judge Denise Casper, who recited the names of the people Bulger murdered.
“The scope, the callousness, the depravity of your crimes, are almost unfathomable,” she said in the stillness of a courtroom filled with teary-eyed relatives of the killer's victims. Bulger, 84, was convicted of charges that he participated in 11 murders, drug trafficking, racketeering, money laundering, extortion, and other crimes. Bulger fled Boston before his 1995 racketeering indictment. One of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted, he eluded a worldwide manhunt until he was captured in 2011 in California. He was able to operate with impunity for years as a prized informant for the FBI who had a cozy relationship with corrupt agents.