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Bulger Sentenced to 2 Life Terms, Plus 5 Years

The mobster, who was arrested in Santa Monica two years ago, was also ordered to pay millions in restitution to victims' families.

James 'Whitey' Bulger. Credit: US Marshall Service
James 'Whitey' Bulger. Credit: US Marshall Service
by Chris Orchard

James "Whitey" Bulger, the notorious Boston mobster convicted of murdering 11 people, was sentenced Thursday to two life terms in prison, plus five years, according to media reports.

At the sentencing, held at Boston's federal court, U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper told Bulger,  "The scope, the callousness, the depravity of your crimes is almost unfathomable ... it was all about money," according toBostonHerald.com.

According to Boston.com, Bulger was also ordered to pay $19.5 million in restitution to his victims' families and forfeit $25.2 million to the government. The punishment is largely symbolic, Boston.com said, because law enforcement officials have not found that much money belonging to Bulger.

Bulger, 84, has 14 days to file a notice of appeal, BostonHerald.com reported.

jury in August found Bulger was guilty of 11 murders, racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and firearms charges.

Bulger was arrested along with his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, in Santa Monica in June 2011 after 15 years on the run.  The arrest occurred at the Princess Eugenia — a residential complex that houses one- and two-bedroom apartments — located at 1012 Third St. south of Washington Boulevard.

The FBI previously said Bulger "maintains his physical fitness by walking on beaches and in parks" with Greig.

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