Prosecutors call Whitey Bulger ‘despicable,’ ask for life in jail

bulger james whitey bulger boston
A 1983 mugshot of James “Whitey” Bulger taken at the Boston office of the FBI.
Credit: US Attorney’s office 

Convicted mob boss and murderer James “Whitey” Bulger “richly deserves” to spend the rest of his life in jail, prosecutors wrote in a scathing sentencing memorandum.

The government’s sentencing memorandum was filed on Thursday and asks a judge to sentence Bulger to life in prison. Bulger’s sentencing is scheduled for next week.

“James ‘Whitey’ Bulger is one of the most violent and despicable criminals in Boston history,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Kelley wrote in the court document.

Kelly points out in the memorandum that Bulger’s convictions on multiple counts result in a sentencing guideline of life in prison and that there is no lower level. He also requests that Judge Denise Casper sentence Bulger to a second consecutive life sentence for his conviction for possession of machine guns and another five year sentence for his conviction of possession of firearms.

“There are no mitigating factors, and the defendant Bulger has no redeeming qualities, which would justify any sentence below the one called for the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the applicable case law and statutes,” Kelly wrote.

Bulger was found guilty earlier this year of multiple charges, but a jury found that the government could not prove that he was involved in eight of the accused murders.

Kelly also wrote that Casper should order financial restitution for the families of Bulger’s murder victims and that prosecutors will file more documents relating to that within the next week.

Bulger’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 13 at federal court in South Boston where he and victim’s families will likely get to speak.

Read the entire sentencing memorandum below:

Follow Michael Naughton on Twitter @metrobosmike.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

NYPD: Man denied money punches 65-year-old at Bronx…

A 65-year-old man was punched and shoved at a D train station in the Bronx last week when he denied another man money, police said.

Local

New York Governor Cuomo's office intervened in corruption…

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office meddled with a commission he created to root out corruption in state politics, pushing back whenever it focused on groups tied to Cuomo, the…

International

South Korea ferry fugitive found dead with bags…

By Ju-min Park and Sohee KimSUNCHEON/INCHEON South Korea (Reuters) - South Korea's most wanted man, whose heavily decomposed body was found in an orchard last…

News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Books

Art imitates life (almost) in David Shaprio's new…

David Shapiro talks about his book, "You're Not Much Use To Anyone."

Movies

Interview: 'Happy Christmas' director Joe Swanberg on making…

"Happy Christmas" filmmaker Joe Swanberg talks about the collaborative nature of his films with name actors and the difficulties of getting indies seen.

Gossip

Is Justin Bieber now a Calvin Klein underwear…

A source told the Daily Mail that Justin Bieber "has shot for Calvin Klein" and that they "hope the results will be released later this year." While probably…

Gossip

Peaches Geldof's death was drugs-related, coroner rules

LONDON (Reuters) - The death of Peaches Geldof, the daughter of musician and Band Aid founder Bob Geldof, was drugs-related, a coroner ruled on Wednesday.The…

NFL

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running…

Fantasy football: Johnny Manziel could give your running game a boost

NFL

3 storylines to watch as Jets open training…

Jets head coach Rex Ryan might be in for an even tougher job in 2014 after arguably his best coaching job last season.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.