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Boston gangster faces life in prison for decades-old string of killings, extortions

  • In this courtroom sketch, James "Whitey" Bulger sits at his sentencing hearing in federal court in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Bulger was convicted in August in a broad indictment that included racketeering charges in a string of murders in the 1970s and '80s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

    In this courtroom sketch, James "Whitey" Bulger sits at his sentencing hearing in federal court in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Bulger was convicted in August in a broad indictment that included racketeering charges in a string of murders in the 1970s and '80s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this courtroom sketch, Steven Davis, second right, brother of slain Debra Davis, is comforted by his wife, right, as he testifies at the sentencing hearing for James "Whitey" Bulger, left, at federal court in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Bulger was convicted in August in a broad indictment that included racketeering charges in a string of murders in the 1970s and '80s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges. Jurors could not agree whether Bulger was involved in Debra Davis' killing. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

    In this courtroom sketch, Steven Davis, second right, brother of slain Debra Davis, is comforted by his wife, right, as he testifies at the sentencing hearing for James "Whitey" Bulger, left, at federal court in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Bulger was convicted in August in a broad indictment that included racketeering charges in a string of murders in the 1970s and '80s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges. Jurors could not agree whether Bulger was involved in Debra Davis' killing. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sean McGonagle, the son of James "Whitey" Bulger victim Paul McGonagle, speaks with reporters after a sentencing hearing for Bulger at federal court in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Bulger was convicted in August in a broad indictment that included racketeering charges in a string of murders in the 1970s and '80s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

    Sean McGonagle, the son of James "Whitey" Bulger victim Paul McGonagle, speaks with reporters after a sentencing hearing for Bulger at federal court in Boston, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Bulger was convicted in August in a broad indictment that included racketeering charges in a string of murders in the 1970s and '80s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)  (The Associated Press)

Gangster James "Whitey" Bulger has heard from the families of some of the people he was convicted of killing. Now he will hear his punishment.

Bulger faces life in prison after being convicted in a string of murders in the 1970s and '80s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges.

Prosecutors have asked a judge to sentence him to two consecutive life terms, plus five years. Bulger's lawyers declined to recommend a sentence, saying Bulger believes his trial was a "sham."

The 84-year-old former leader of the Winter Hill Gang will almost certainly spend the rest of his life behind bars. Judge Denise Casper will impose his sentence Thursday.

On Wednesday, a dozen relatives of murder victims gave victim impact statements calling Bulger a "terrorist" and even "Satan."