Government recommends 2 life sentences plus 5 years for Bulger - New York News

Government recommends 2 life sentences plus 5 years for Bulger

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) -- The government is requesting two life sentences, plus five years for convicted mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger.

In a sentencing memorandum released Thursday, the government calls Bulger "one of the most violent and despicable criminals in Boston history." They go on to say that he "richly deserves to spend the rest of his life in jail" after being convicted of 31 felonies.

The government claims Bulger's two-month racketeering trial revealed his "disregard for human life."

"Bulger's horrific crimes and sadistic behavior demonstrate that he truly deserves no mercy at the time of sentencing," reads the memorandum.

Prosecutors also asked the judge to order Bulger to pay restitution to the families of 19 murder victims, even though the jury at his trial convicted him in only 11 of the killings.

Bulger's lawyers, J.W. Carney Jr. and Hank Brennan, have not yet made their sentencing recommendation. They did not immediately return calls seeking comment on prosecutors' request. A two-day sentencing hearing is set to begin Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Bulger was found guilty in August of a racketeering and conspiracy indictment that included counts for his alleged connection to dozens of murders. Sentencing hearings for the 84-year-old are set to begin Wednesday.

To read the full memorandum, click here.

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