3 charged in 2018 killing of Boston gangster Whitey Bulger

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BOSTON (AP) — Three men, including a mafia hit man, have been charged with the 2018 murder of notorious Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger, The Ministry of Justice said on Thursday.

The charges against Fotios “Freddy” Geas, Paul J. DeCologero and Sean McKinnon come nearly four years after Bulger’s murder, raising questions about why the well-known “snitch” was placed in the general population of the West Virginia prison instead. of more protective homes. The men were charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Authorities have not revealed a possible motive for the October 2018 murder of Bulger, who was transferred to USP Hazelton in West Virginia from a Florida prison just hours after he was transferred. He had served a life sentence for 11 murders and other crimes. Prosecutors allege that Geas and DeCologero punched Bulger multiple times in the head, causing his death.

Bulger, who ran the largely Irish mafia in Boston in the 1970s and 1980s, served as an FBI informant who, according to the agency, betrayed his gang’s biggest rival. He later became one of the most wanted fugitives in the country. Bulger strongly denied ever having been a government informant.

The Justice Department also charged Geas, 55, and DeCologero, 48, with complicity in first-degree murder along with assault resulting in serious bodily harm. Geas is separately charged with murder by a federal prisoner serving a life sentence, and McKinnon, 36, is separately charged with making false statements to a federal agent.

Geas and DeCologero were identified as suspects shortly after Bulger’s death, according to law enforcement officials at the time, but they remained uncharged as the investigation dragged on for years.

All three were placed in solitary confinement during the investigation, relatives told The Boston Globe. McKinnon’s mother told the newspaper that her son…who was Geas’ cellmate at the time of Bulger’s murder, told her he knew nothing about the murder.

Daniel Kelly, a Geas attorney, said Thursday the charges are not a surprise but do not justify his client’s continued placement in solitary confinement.

Emails requesting comment were sent to a lawyer for Bulger’s family on Thursday. It was not immediately clear whether McKinnon and DeCologero had lawyers to comment on their behalf.

Geas remains in prison in Hazelton. DeCologero is being held in another federal prison. McKinnon was released from prison last month after pleading guilty in 2015 to stealing weapons from a firearms dealer. He had been released under federal supervision when the charges were handed down and was arrested in Florida on Thursday.

Bulger was the third inmate to be murdered in six months at USP Hazelton, where workers and lawyers had long warned of dangerous conditions in the prison nicknamed “Misery Mountain.”

Bulger’s family sued the Federal Bureau of Prisons and 30 unnamed employees of the prison system over his death, claiming the mobster appeared to have been “deliberately sent to his death.” A federal judge dismissed the family’s lawsuit in January.

Bulger fled Boston in late 1994 after his FBI manager, John Connolly Jr., warned him that he was about to be charged.

After more than 16 years on the run and with a $2 million reward on his head, he was imprisoned at age 81 in Santa Monica, California, where he had lived in a rented beachfront apartment with his longtime girlfriend Catherine. Greig.

He was convicted in 2013 of the 11 murders, as well as racketeering and money laundering following a sensational racketeering trial.

His transfer to Hazelton was motivated by disciplinary issues, a federal law enforcement official told The Associated Press in 2018. The official insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to release details. In February 2018, Bulger threatened an assistant supervisor at a Florida jail, telling her that “your doomsday is coming”.

A prison workers’ union official told the AP that year that sending Bulger to the troubled federal prison that housed other New England mobsters was like giving him a “death sentence.”

But Bulger has never admitted to working for the FBI. Court papers made public in the civil suit filed by his family revealed that he was interviewed by staff after arriving in Hazelton about whether there were reasons to keep him out of the general population. An intake screening form signed by Bulger said he answered “no” to questions such as “have you helped law enforcement in any way?”

DeCologero was part of an organized crime ring led by his uncle on the north coast of Massachusetts, the “DeCologero Crew.”

He was convicted of buying heroin used to try to kill a teenage girl who wanted his uncle dead because he was afraid she would “betray the crew to the police”. The heroin didn’t kill her, so another man broke her neck, chopped her up and buried her remains in the woods, court records say.

Geas was a close associate of the Mafia and acted as enforcer, but was not an official “made” member as he is Greek, not Italian.

Geas and his brother were sentenced to life imprisonment in 2011 for their roles in several violent crimes, including the 2003 murder of Adolfo “Big Al” Bruno, a boss of a Genovese crime family in Springfield, Massachusetts. Another mobster ordered Bruno’s murder because he was angry that he had spoken to the FBI, prosecutors said.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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