James 'Whitey' Bulger trial

Associated Press
A courtroom sketch depicts James "Whitey" Bulger, right, as his attorney Henry Brennan, center, speaks during a pretrial conference before U.S. District Judge Denise Casper, left rear, in a federal courtroom in Boston Monday, June 3, 2013. Bulger is charged with playing a role in 19 murders. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)

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Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced Thursday to life in prison for his murderous reign in the 1970s and '80s, bringing to a close a case that exposed FBI corruption so deep that many people across the city thought he would never be brought to justice.

Bulger, 84, was defiant to the end, calling his trial on racketeering charges a sham and refusing to testify or provide information to probation officials preparing a sentencing report for the judge.

(AP)

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