James 'Whitey' Bulger trial

Associated Press
This undated black and white photo released by the U.S. Attorney's Office and presented as evidence Wednesday, June 19, 2013, during the trial of James "Whitey" Bulger in U.S. District Court in Boston, shows a crime scene where a victim was shot to death in a telephone booth. Bulger, the reputed former head of the mostly Irish-American Winter Hill Gang based in South Boston, is accused of playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and '80s. (AP Photo/U.S. Attorney's Office)

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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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