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Families of Boston gangster Whitey Bulger's murder victims set to speak at sentencing

Relatives of people killed by James "Whitey" Bulger will finally get a chance to describe their loss as a federal judge considers his sentence for decades-old slayings.

A two-day sentencing hearing is set to begin Wednesday in federal court.

A judge is expected to listen to impact statements from family members of at least 11 murder victims. The judge has not ruled on whether relatives of people whose murders Bulger was acquitted of will also be allowed to speak at his sentencing.

Prosecutors are asking for two consecutive life sentences for the 84-year-old Bulger.

The former head of the Winter Hill Gang fled Boston in 1994 ahead of an indictment and spent more than 16 years as a fugitive before being captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011.

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