Whitey Bulger verdict: Mob boss convicted, but has more days in court
James 'Whitey' Bulger was convicted in 11 killings, but he plans to appeal the decision, plus he faces murder charges in Florida and Oklahoma, both death penalty states.
His attorney says the moment he was caught, Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger knew his life would end in prison or strapped to a gurney, awaiting lethal injection.
But even after his two-month trial in federal court and his conviction Monday in 11 killings, his fate is uncertain and his day in the spotlight is not over.
Bulger promised to appeal his federal conviction, and his attorneys say he still has secrets to tell about corruption in law enforcement while he was running Boston's underworld.
He faces murder charges in Florida and Oklahoma, both death-penalty states, and he is at the center of civil litigation.
"I don't think you've heard the last word from James Bulger," said defense attorney Hank Brennan.
The 83-year-old Bulger, convicted of a host of federal crimes — ranging from extortion to money laundering — will effectively get a life term in prison when he is sentenced in November.
But he also faces an indictment in Oklahoma in the 1981 death of Roger Wheeler, who was shot after a round of golf at a Tulsa, Okla., country club. Prosecutors say Bulger's gang members suspected Wheeler knew they had been skimming money from his business, World Jai Alai.
Bulger also was indicted in 2001 in Florida in the 1982 slaying of John Callahan, former president at World Jai Alai. Prosecutors say former hit man John Mortorano killed Callahan because Bulger feared he'd talk about the hit on Wheeler.
Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Tuesday she'll decide whether to proceed with the case against Bulger after considering many factors, including Bulger's federal sentence and whether Callahan's family wants to go forward. Prosecutors haven't decided yet whether to pursue the death penalty, she said.