Former Boston crime boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger faces life in prison after being convicted of 11 murders and a host of other crimes Monday.
The 41-day trial came to an end when the jury — following 30 hours of deliberations over the course of five days — found the former kingpin guilty of all 32 counts in his indictment, including racketeering, conspiracy, extortion, money laundering, and possession of illegal weapons as well as murder.
Bulger is alleged to have run Boston’s Winter Hill Gang during the 70s and 80s. He was indicted in 1994, at which point he skipped town and spent 16 years on the lam before being caught in California in 2011.
Witnesses included Bulger’s alleged former partner, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, who testified that Bulger strangled both Flemmi’s ex-girlfriend and his stepdaughter to death in front of him.
In addition to possibly serving the rest of his life in prison, Bulger will forfeit $822,000 recovered from his California hideaway. He will, however, be allowed to keep his treasured Stanley Cup ring, which he received as a gift from an unknown party. Sentencing is expected to last over the next few days.