What's Next for James 'Whitey' Bulger?

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    Bulger sentenced to 2 life sentences in prison; to be taken to undisclosed federal prison

    (NECN: Justin Michaels) - James “Whitey” Bulger, after nearly 2 decades on the run and decades before that living a life of crime, will now never see the light of day again.

    He was sentenced to two life sentences plus five years for his crimes.

    Bulger's new life started the same way his days ended during his entire trial. Police escorted motorcade with lights and sirens taking him back to the Plymouth County House of Corrections, where he'll stay until he is taken to federal prison, a location not yet released to the media. Bulger has told a friend that he'll be going to the Supermax Federal Prison in Colorado.

    After the sentence was handed down, victims’ family members criticized the prosecution, and their lenient plea deals with several of Bulgers former associates, like John Martorano, Kevin Weeks, and Steven "The Rifleman" Flemmi.

    Thursday during his sentencing, Federal Judge Denise Casper was blunt and direct with Bulger saying, "The scope, the callousness, the depravity of your crimes are almost unfathomable. The testimony of human suffering that you and your associates inflicted on others was at times agonizing to hear and painful to watch."

    Bulger's sentencing brought an end to a multi-decade case that exposed FBI complicity in his crimes and devastated nearly a dozen families whose loved ones were killed by Bulger and his associates.

    Bulger's defense team has 14 days to say whether or not they will appeal. They said emphatically outside court that they will.  

    He may also soon be tried in both Florida and Oklahoma for the murders and California and Massachusetts could file state murder charges, but at this point that's unlikely.