Whitey Bulger dead: Notorious Boston crime boss killed in prison

Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger killed in West Virginia prison

"It marks the full circle of a bad life", Lehr said of the 89-year-old former mobster. Officials with the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Bulger died Tuesday in a West Virginia prison after being sentenced in 2013 in Boston to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Bulger is said to have been in ailing health, with a prison insider also telling the Globe that he was set to be transferred to a secure medical facility. "No staff or other inmates were injured, and at no time was the public in danger".

The circumstances of this week's transfer remain unclear.

While she was given eight years behind bars, Bulger was sentenced to life in prison.

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., had recently joined other officials in sending a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions voicing concerns over staffing levels at federal prisons, including Hazelton. He declined further comment.

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At the conclusion of his 2013 trial, Bulger was found guilty on 31 of the 32 counts, which included racketeering and multiple firearm charges. The jury found him culpable for 11 killings from 1973 through 1985.

"Bulger embarked upon a life of crime at the age of 14 and had become a prominent figure in Boston's organized crime scene by the late 1970s". The statements of victims chronicled some of the darkest years of Boston history. "At times, I wish we were watching a movie, that what we were hearing was not real".

The fourth victim was Michael Donahue, an innocent bystander who happened to be sitting in a vehicle with Halloran when Bulger opened fire with a machine gun, in broad daylight, on a busy South Boston street, yards from the shiny new courthouse where his two-month trial took place.

Bulger was arrested with his girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

The ex-crime boss was on the run for years and was one of the FBI's most wanted before being captured in Santa Monica in 2011. Anonymous sources told the Boston Globe that he had been murdered.

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