‘Whitey’ Bulger moved to Florida prison

BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) – Convicted gangster James J. “Whitey” Bulger has been moved to a federal prison in Florida.

Bulger – who turned 85 on Thursday – was transferred from a prison in Tucson on Aug. 29, according to a Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesperson.

After a lay-over at a facility in Oklahoma facility, Bulger arrived at Coleman United States Penitentiary in Sumterville Florida on Wednesday, which is about 50 miles outside Orlando.

The spokesperson would not say why Bulger was relocated. Coleman is a “high security” facility, according to the BOP website.

Bulger was found guilty last August of taking part in 11 murders and running a ruthless criminal enterprise for more than two decades.

He was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

Lawyers for Bulger have asked the federal appeals court to overturn the murder convictions arguing he did not get a fair trial because U.S. District Court Judge Denise Casper did not allow him to testify that he had been promised immunity by the FBI.

The case is still pending.

Tim White ( twhite@wpri.com ) is the Target 12 investigative reporter for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter: @white_tim

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