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Prison Murder of ‘Whitey’ Bulger: Inmates Ready for Plea Hearing and Sentencing

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Three inmates accused of killing notorious Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger in prison in 2018 will appear in court Monday for a plea hearing and sentencing. The hearing for Fotios “Freddy” Geas, Paul J. DeCologero and Sean McKinnon will take place in federal court in northern West Virginia. Plea deals for the three were announced last month.

Bulger, 89, was brutally beaten to death in his cell just hours after being transferred to a troubled West Virginia prison six years ago. Fotios “Freddy” Geas and Paul J. DeCologero are accused of repeatedly punching Bulger in the head while McKinnon served as a lookout during the attack. DeCologero reportedly called Bulger a “traitor” and shared a plan to kill him once he arrived in their unit. He also told an inmate that he and Geas used a belt with a lock on it to carry out the fatal beating.

Geas and DeCologero were charged with murder, while all three men were charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, which carries a possible life sentence. McKinnon also faced an additional charge of making false statements to a federal agent.

Last year, the Justice Department announced it would not pursue the death penalty for Geas and DeCologero. Bulger, known for his leadership of Boston’s predominantly Irish mafia in the 1970s and 1980s, went into hiding in 1994 and became one of the country’s most wanted fugitives. He was finally arrested at the age of 81, after evading authorities for more than sixteen years. In 2013, he was convicted of eleven murders and numerous other gang-related crimes.

The case of the inmates accused of Bulger’s murder continues to unfold, with the upcoming plea hearing and sentencing shedding light on the events that led to the infamous gangster’s death. As the legal proceedings progress, more details may emerge about the circumstances surrounding the murder and the motives of those involved.

The violent end to Bulger’s life is a reminder of the dangerous and often deadly world of organized crime, where betrayal and revenge can have dire consequences. The plea hearing and sentencing of the three inmates will bring closure to the tragic saga of James “Whitey” Bulger, but the consequences of his murder will likely reverberate for years to come.