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Inmates Killed Bulger the Day After Prison Transfer: Report - Page 2

Sources say he was beaten to death in cell
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2018 3:50 AM CDT
Updated Oct 31, 2018 6:43 AM CDT

  • Multiple transfers. Another Boston Globe story reports that Bulger, who was captured in 2011 after 16 years as a fugitive and hit with two life sentences in 2013, had been in a central Florida prison from 2014 until recently, when he was transferred for allegedly threatening a staff member. He was reportedly moved to a transfer facility in Oklahoma last week and was moved to Hazelton, which is not a medical facility, despite his poor health.
  • Prison is "very understaffed." The prison, which houses around 1,280 inmates in its main facility, has long had problems with understaffing and inmate violence. "This is the third homicide in seven months at our facility," Richard Heldreth, president of the correctional officers union in Hazelton, tells WPRI. "We are very understaffed, we are short about 40 officers."
  • Lawyer blames the prison system. JW Carney Jr., an attorney who represented Bulger, blames the death on the prison system, the AP reports. Bulger "was sentenced to life in prison, but as a result of decisions by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, that sentence has been changed to the death penalty," he says.

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