BOSTON – 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."