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Boston crime boss gets life in prison, ending sordid sage of corruption and murder

  • In this courtroom sketch, former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, second right, flanked by defense attorneys, J.W. Carney Jr., left, and Hank Brennan, stands before Judge Denise Casper in federal court in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

    In this courtroom sketch, former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, second right, flanked by defense attorneys, J.W. Carney Jr., left, and Hank Brennan, stands before Judge Denise Casper in federal court in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. 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. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)  (The Associated Press)

  • Sandra Patient, niece of Arthur "Bucky" Barrett, holds a photo of Barrett as she hugs Patricia Donahue, wife of slain Michael Donahue, outside federal court in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. 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.  Arthur  Barrett was killed in 1983. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Sandra Patient, niece of Arthur "Bucky" Barrett, holds a photo of Barrett as she hugs Patricia Donahue, wife of slain Michael Donahue, outside federal court in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. 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. Arthur Barrett was killed in 1983. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tommy Donahue, son of Michael Donahue, speaks to the media as his fiancee Michelle Carter, his mother Patricia Donahue, and his brothers Shawn and Michael Jr. (far right) listen outside federal court in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. 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 was found guilty in Michael Donahue's 1982 murder. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Tommy Donahue, son of Michael Donahue, speaks to the media as his fiancee Michelle Carter, his mother Patricia Donahue, and his brothers Shawn and Michael Jr. (far right) listen outside federal court in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013. 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 was found guilty in Michael Donahue's 1982 murder. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (The Associated Press)

Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger finally has been sentenced to life in prison, but questions remain for some of his victims' families.

Some relatives wonder about the generous plea deals for Bulger's cohorts.

Sandra Patient's uncle, Arthur "Bucky" Barrett, was shot in the head by Bulger. She calls it "ludicrous" that ex-hit man John Martorano and former Bulger protege Kevin Weeks are walking the streets, despite committing horrendous crimes. Martorano admitted killing 20 people, but spent just 12 years behind bars. Weeks admitted aiding in five murders and spent five years in prison.

Federal prosecutors say they're gratified that they put Bulger and his partner, Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, behind bars for life. They say they needed the plea deals with Weeks and Martorano to convict Bulger.