Prosecution Requesting Consecutive Life Terms for Bulger - NECN

Prosecution Requesting Consecutive Life Terms for Bulger



    Prosecutors argue James 'Whitey' Bulger has no redeeming qualities and deserves no mercy (Published Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014)

    (NECN: Josh Brogadir, Boston) - Next week, prosecutors will be back at the courthouse.

    But on Thursday, they cut to the chase, calling James "Whitey" Bulger "one of the most violent and despicable criminals in Boston history."

    "I have a lot to say, but so little time," said Steve Davis, who will get his chance to speak in federal court Wednesday, at the sentencing of convicted killer James "Whitey" Bulger.

    The jury reached no finding in the murder of Davis' sister, Debra.

    Now, about a week before his sentencing, prosecutors are asking for two consecutive life terms, plus five years, for Bulger.

    "Oh, I agree with that 100 percent," said Davis. "We all know there wasn't a good bone in the guy's body. There wasn't any part of him that had any kind of decency, you know. A scumbag. Everyone back then knew it because he was gun running - he wasn't afraid to pull the trigger."

    On August 12, after two months, the jury found the notorious Southie gangster had a role in 11 of the 19 murders, plus extortion, possession of machine guns and much more.

    Prosecutors outlined their sentencing recommendation for the 84-year-old with little surprise, saying, in part, "There are no mitigating factors, and defendant Bulger has no redeeming qualities, which would justify any sentence below the one called for by the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines."

    The head of the criminal enterprise known as the Winter Hill Gang was caught in Santa Monica, California in June 2011 after 16 years on the run.

    The biting comments from prosecutors continue, "Bulger’s horrific crimes and sadistic behavior demonstrate that he deserves no mercy at the time of sentencing. When he was finally captured after sixteen years as a fugitive, Bulger chose to go to trial and play an elaborate game of 'Let’s Pretend.'"

    Bulger, who did not testify at his own trial, gets the chance to speak, as well.

    Davis will be there to hear every word.

    "It's his last hurrah, you know," Davis said. "He's going to probably go out with saying what he feels and saying what he has on his mind. He's not going to have another chance. This is it."

    During the trial, there were some nasty exchanges between Bulger, his former associates and victims' family members.

    NECN reached out to Bulger's attorney, J.W. Carney, by phone and email, but has yet to receive a response.