Whitey Bulger moved to federal facility in New York

Nov. 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM
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BOSTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was moved from a jail in Plymouth, Mass., to a federal detention center in New York this week, federal authorities said.

Bulger was expected to spend Thanksgiving in a cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center, the Boston Herald reported. Federal prison officials have declined to say where he will be moved from there, citing security reasons.

A federal judge in Boston sentenced Bulger this month to two consecutive life sentences, plus five years, and ordered him to pay $19.5 million in restitution.

Bulger was convicted in August of money laundering, racketeering and participating in or ordering at least 11 murders. His lawyer has filed notice he intends to appeal.

Bulger faces a possible trial in Florida for a 1982 homicide and could receive a death sentence there.

The boss of the Winter Hill mob, Bulger, 84, was once one of the most feared men in Boston. He escaped prosecution for years by working with the FBI and then spent 16 years as a fugitive before he and his girlfriend were arrested in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011.

Bulger was held in the Plymouth House of Corrections, about 40 miles southeast of Boston, during his prosecution.

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