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Prosecutors: ‘Despicable’ Whitey Bulger Has ‘No Redeeming Qualities, Deserves No Mercy’

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV
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BOSTON (CBS) — Pat Donahue admires the first words from US Attorney Carmen Ortiz in her sentencing recommendation for Whitey Bulger. She writes: Bulger is one of the most violent and despicable criminals in Boston history.

“I don’t think they could say it any better,” says Donahue.

Read: Sentencing Memo (.pdf)

In asking for two life sentences, the US Attorney writes, “Having now been convicted of thirty-one felonies… Bulger richly deserves to spend the rest of his life in jail.”

It continues, “There are no mitigating factors, and defendant Bulger has no redeeming qualities.”

Pat Donahue, whose husband Michael was killed by Bulger, is planning to have her say at Bulger’s sentencing hearing next week. She would like to see a life sentence for every person Bulger killed, and plans to get personal as well. “I want him to know the family he destroyed, a family he didn’t know, a person’s life he knew nothing about,” Donahue says.

Prosecutors are also asking the judge to prevent any money from finding its way into Bulger’s pockets.

WBZ-TV has learned the US Attorney hopes to divide Bulger’s assets between all of the victims included in the indictment. Families of the 19 murder victims would get an equal share and the victims of extortion would get a smaller portion.

This includes the $800,000 discovered in the walls of Bulger’s Santa Monica apartment, as well as the money raised by auctioning off all of his belongings found in the apartment as well.

Pat Donahue hopes all of the victim’s families, even those Bulger was not found guilty of murdering, will get a part of that.

The murder of Steven Davis’ sister Debbie was the only killing with which Bulger was charged that the jury did not connect to the Southie mobster.

“Give him 100 life sentences, you know, you want to make the victims’ families feel like they’re getting revenge or getting back,” Davis told WBZ-TV. “It isn’t going to hurt him anymore to give him one life sentence than it is to give him 100.”

“I’d like to see him live to be 120 sitting in that cell, you know,” said Davis. “I want him to sit right in that cell for the rest of his life. I’d die peacefully knowing that he’s in that little cell for eternity.”

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong contributed to this report.

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