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Whitey Bulger moved to Oklahoma prison

Convicted mob boss Whitey Bulger is currently being held in an Oklahoma federal prison. He could face murder charges in that state.

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 Whitey Bulger has been moved to a federal prison facility in Oklahoma where prosecutors are weighing whether or not to prosecute him for a murder there.

James "Whitey" Bulger, 84, had been held at the Plymouth County Correctional Facility during his trial this year, but was recently moved to a facility in Brooklyn, N.Y. Federal authorities have kept mum on Bulger's movements.

The federal Bureau of Prisons now lists Bulger's location as Oklahoma City. FTC Oklahoma City is an administrative security federal transfer center that houses more than 1,300 male and female inmates.


A jury found earlier this year that the government proved that Bulger, as leader of the Winter Hill Gang, did conspire to kill and ordered the murder of Oklahoma businessman Roger Wheeler over an attempt to take over Wheeler's jai alai business.

It was not immediately clear why Bulger was transferred to FTC Oklahoma City, but prosecutors are determining whether to pursue a trial against Bulger for Wheeler's murder.

Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris told the Tulsa World last month that Bulger's life sentence would be considered as prosecutors continue to analyze and determine their next steps.

Before Bulger was sentenced to life in prison earlier this year, Wheeler's son spoke during the sentencing hearing and had some harsh words for Bulger and the federal government.

On Friday, the judge overseeing Bulger's trial awarded Wheeler's family more than $6 million in restitution.

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