Three men are seeking pleas and convictions in the murder of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Three men charged with the 2018 murder of infamous Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger are scheduled to appear in court Monday for a plea hearing and sentencing.

The combined hearing for Fotios “Freddy” Geas, Paul J. DeCologero and Sean McKinnon will take place in federal court in northern West Virginia.

The plea deals for the three were announced May 13, nearly six years after Bulger, 89, was beaten to death in his cell, hours after being transferred to a troubled West Virginia prison.

Geas and DeCologero are accused of repeatedly punching Bulger in the head, and McKinnon of acting as a lookout.

According to prosecutors, DeCologero told an inmate witness that Bulger was a “traitor” and that as soon as he came into their unit, they planned to kill him. DeCologero also told an inmate that he and Geas used a belt with a lock on it to bludgeon him to death.

Last year, the Justice Department said it would not seek death sentences for Geas and DeCologero, who were charged with murder. All three men were charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, which carries a penalty of life in prison. McKinnon was also charged with making false statements to a federal agent.

Bulger, who led Boston’s largely Irish mafia in the 1970s and 1980s, became one of the country’s most wanted fugitives after fleeing Boston in 1994. He was captured at the age of 81 after more than sixteen years on the run and convicted in 2013 in a series of eleven murders and dozens of other gangland crimes.