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Published On: Wed, Nov 13th, 2013

Whitey Bulger, Winter Hill Gang head, guilty on only 11 murders MUGSHOT PHOTOS OVER YEARS

Families of people killed by a modern day gangster spoke at a federal hearing James ‘Whitey’ Bulger.

Bulger, age 84, was convicted in August in a broad indictment that included racketeering charges in a string of murders in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as extortion, money-laundering and weapons charges.

Whitey BulgerA federal jury found that prosecutors proved Bulger played a role in 11 out of 19 murders in which he was charged.

Bulger lead the Winter Hill Gang, which fled Boston in 1994 and then spent 16 years on the run before being captured in California in 2011.

Jurors found the government had not proven Bulger participated in seven other killings and were unable to reach a verdict in one additional murder.

Bulger’s lawyers spent much of his trial trying to refute a claim by prosecutors and Bulger’s former partner that Bulger was a longtime FBI informant who ratted out the New England Mafia and other crime groups.

Bulger did not testify and called his trial a “sham” because he was not allowed to use as a defense his claim that a now-deceased federal prosecutor gave him immunity to commit crimes. He also will be allowed to make a statement at his sentencing.

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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