James "Whitey" Bulger in 2011
U.S. Marshals Service/AP
Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for his murderous reign
in the 1970s and '80s, bringing to a close a case that exposed FBI corruption so deep that many people across the city thought he would never be brought to justice.
Bulger, 84, was defiant to the end, calling his trial on racketeering charges a sham and refusing to testify or provide information to probation officials preparing a sentencing report for the judge.
A Boston jury convicted Bulger in August in a broad racketeering indictment that included murder, extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges.
The jury convicted
Bulger in 11 of the 19 killings he was charged with participating in but acquitted him of seven and could not reach a conclusion on an eighth.
Judge Denise Casper heard testimony Wednesday from a dozen relatives among the 19 slaying victims. They called him a terrorist, a punk and even Satan. Prosecutors called him a sociopath.