James 'Whitey' Bulger trial

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FILE - This undated file photo shown during court proceedings in the Miami Courthouse, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008 shows John Martorano, who was questioned about his plea agreement in exchange for testifying against former FBI agent John Connolly. Connolly was accused of helping the Boston mob murder Miami gambling executive John Callahan in 1982. Martorano testified for a second day during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in federal court in Boston. Bulger is charged in a racketeering indictment with participating in 19 killings in the 1970s and '80s as leader of the Winter Hill Gang. (AP Photo/Marice Cohn Band, Pool)

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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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