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Whitey Bulger Found Guilty

Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was found guilty of a whole lotta crimes, including 11 murders.

He’s been on trial for racketeering, extortion, money laundering, illegal possession of firearms and murder. Whitey Bulger was accused of 19 murders, going back to the 1970s.

Whitey is on trial this year because he was finally captured in 2011, after 16 years on the lam. He was America’s most wanted criminal, right up there with Osama bin Laden for a time. 

They found him living in Santa Monica, just a stone’s throw from the local FBI office. He was living like any other octogenarian, cranky and unnoticed.

After five days of deliberating, the jury convicted Whitey on a number of racketeering, extortion and conspiracy charges, as well as 11 of the 19 murders.

Now he’ll be headed for the pokey. Whitey is 83 years old, so it’s likely whatever sentence gets handed down will be a life sentence. Apparently he’s already told the court they could take his money, but he doesn’t want them to take his Stanley Cup ring.

For late breaking news and the precise convictions, see the Boston Globe live blog here.

They also have a quick profile of Bulger, here.

For an even quicker profile, read the Who2 biography of James “Whitey” Bulger here.

(photo by Stuart Cahill/AP)

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