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Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger sentenced to two life terms

James "Whitey" Bulger was found guilty of a number of offences in August. Credit: Reuters

Convicted mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger has been sentenced to two life terms plus five years in prison after being found guilty of gangland crimes including 11 murders.

District Judge Denise Casper told Bulger, now 84: "The scope, the callousness, the depravity of your crimes are almost unfathomable.

"Your crimes are made all the more heinous because they are all about money."

Ex-Boston mob boss was inspiration for The Departed

James 'Whitey' Bulger, once the most feared mobster in Boston who was found guilty today of 31 out of the 32 criminal charges he faced including 11 killings, was the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character in The Departed.

The Martin Scorsese film, which also starred Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg and Ray Winstone, won four Oscars including Best Picture and Best Director.

The plot centres around the police waging war on an Irish-American Boston gang which is headed by Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson).

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Notorious ex-mob boss found guilty of racketeering

Former Boston mob boss James 'Whitey' Bulger, who inspired Jack Nicholson's character in the Oscar-winning film 'The Departed', has been found guilty of a racketeering conspiracy.

Former mob boss and fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger. Credit: Reuters

The jury of eight men and four women reached its verdict after hearing testimonies about drug trafficking, loansharking, bookmaking, extortion and murder.

Bulger, who ran Boston's Irish mob 'Winter Hill' from the early 1970s until 1995 when he fled the city, was charged with 32 counts including accusations he was involved with 19 killings.