As James "Whitey" Bulger awaits sentencing next week, prosecutors on Thursday called the 84-year-old a man of "no redeeming qualities" who deserves to be given two consecutive life prison terms, plus five years.
“There are no mitigating factors, and defendant Bulger has no redeeming qualities which would justify any sentence below the one called for by the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the applicable case law and statutes,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed in federal court in Boston.
Responding to questions from the judge, Bulger denounced the trial as a sham and said he would not testify because he was not being allowed to present a defense based on his claim that he had received immunity for his crimes decades ago from a federal prosecutor, who is dead.
Bulger was the former head of the Winter Hill Gang, whose predatory violence belied its placid name. It was an Irish American criminal enterprise in Boston, where many things of value, especially its politics, was also run by Irish Americans. Their crimes include fixing horse races and even a gang war with another Irish American outfit over crime spoils.
"Presiding over a massive criminal enterprise, Bulger extorted dozens of individuals, flooded South Boston with cocaine, shot innocent people, strangled women, murdered his competitors, corrupted FBI agents, and then ran away and hid for 16 years when he was finally indicted," they wrote. "While many of the victims will speak for themselves and their loved ones at the time of sentencing, the actual sentence should speak for itself: life in prison."
She is serving an eight-year prison sentence.