Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to move forward with the murder case filed against former Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger.
A judge in Boston sentenced the 84-year-old gangster to two consecutive life sentences Thursday. In Tulsa, Bulger is charged with first-degree murder in the 1981 killing of Tulsa businessman Roger Wheeler.
It's the moment many victims of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger have been waiting decades for: In federal court in Boston, relatives of those killed by Bulger will face the former gangster and describe their pain.
Bulger was convicted in August of taking part in 11 murders while running a massive criminal enterprise for decades. There is little suspense around Bulger's sentencing — even the minimum would be enough to send the 84-year-old away for the rest of his life.
To many victims, Wednesday's sentencing hearing is less about Bulger than it is about them.