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‘Whitey’ Bulger transferred to Okla. prison

James “Whitey” Bulger.

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James “Whitey” Bulger.

BOSTON (AP) — Former Boston crime boss James ‘‘Whitey’’ Bulger has been moved to a federal prison in Oklahoma, although it was not immediately clear when or why.

The 84-year-old Bulger was being held Tuesday at FTC Oklahoma City, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons website. The facility is a transfer point for many federal prisoners.

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Prosecutors in Tulsa, Okla., have been deciding whether to move forward with a murder case against Bulger in the 1981 killing of businessman Roger Wheeler. Bulger was convicted by a federal jury in Boston earlier this year of killing Wheeler and 10 others. He was sentenced to two life terms.

Bulger is charged with first-degree murder in Tulsa. Last month, Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris told the Tulsa World that prosecutors would take into consideration Bulger’s federal sentence as they decide whether to try him.

Wheeler’s daughter, Pam, has said she didn’t want Bulger extradited to Tulsa, saying it would be a waste of taxpayer money.

‘‘It took this long to come to a partial resolution. Just let it end there,’’ she told the Tulsa World in August.

Federal prosecutors in Boston did not immediately return a message seeking comment. Calls to the Oklahoma prison rang unanswered Tuesday.

Bulger was moved out of Massachusetts to a federal prison Brooklyn, N.Y. in November.

A federal judge in Boston last week ordered Bulger to pay $6 million in restitution to Wheeler’s family. The mobster previously was ordered to pay $19.5 million in restitution to his other victims’ families and forfeit $25 million to the government.

Investigators found $822,000 in cash stashed in his apartment walls when he was caught in Santa Monica, Calif., after more than 16 years on the run.

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