Boston gangster Whitey Bulger transferred to Oklahoma City

BOSTON — Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger has been moved to a federal prison in Oklahoma.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Modified: December 17, 2013 at 10:16 am •  Published: December 17, 2013
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BOSTON — Former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger was moved to a federal prison in Oklahoma on Monday, although it was not immediately clear why.

The 84-year-old Bulger was being held at FTC Oklahoma City, according to Chris Burke, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons. The facility is a transfer point and its mission is to house inmates as they are moved between prisons, Burke said. He would not say where Bulger is ultimately headed, citing Bureau of Prisons policy.

Prosecutors in Tulsa, Okla., have been deciding whether to move forward with a first-degree murder charge against Bulger in the 1981 killing of businessman Roger Wheeler. Bulger was convicted by a federal jury in Boston earlier this year of killing Wheeler and 10 others. He was sentenced to two life terms.

Last month, Tulsa County District Attorney Tim Harris told the Tulsa World that prosecutors would take into consideration Bulger's federal sentence as they decide whether to try him.

Wheeler's daughter, Pam, has said she didn't want Bulger extradited to Tulsa, saying it would be a waste of taxpayer money.

"It took this long to come to a partial resolution. Just let it end there," she told the Tulsa World in August.


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