Federal prosecutors argued Thursday that notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger has no redeeming qualities and should be sentenced next week to life in prison for killing 11 people while running a sprawling criminal enterprise.
“There are no mitigating factors, and defendant Bulger has no redeeming qualities, which would justify any sentence below the one called for by the US Sentencing Guidelines and the applicable case law and statutes,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed Thursday in federal court in Boston.
US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper will hear from defense lawyers, prosecutors, and the families of Bulger’s victims on Nov. 13 and sentence the gangster the following day. Bulger, 84, who did not take the stand during his eight-week trial last summer, will be offered an opportunity to speak before he is sentenced.
Bulger was convicted in August on 31 counts of racketeering, money laundering, extortion, and illegal possession of handguns and machine guns. Jurors found that while running a racketeering enterprise between 1972 and 2000, Bulger participated in drug trafficking and 11 murders, including the strangulation of Deborah Hussey, 26, and the slayings of several FBI informants, a Tulsa businessman, and an innocent bystander.
Jurors found that prosecutors failed to prove that Bulger participated in seven additional murders he was accused of and were unable to reach a verdict on allegations that he strangled a second woman, 26-year-old Debra Davis.
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