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Families Of Bulger Victims Split On Whether Sentence Brings Closure

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BOSTON (CBS) — Some families of James “Whitey” Bulger’s victims called his sentencing ‘anti-climatic’ while others said the sentence brought them closure.

Thursday morning, Bulger was sentenced to two life sentences plus five years and was ordered to pay $19.5 million in restitution to the families.

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Money many of the families said they couldn’t care less about.

“That old bastard is finally going to prison,” Tommy Donohue, son of victim Michael Donohue said. “Today’s the first day we can get on the road for closure, it’s a damn good feeling.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

Calling the day “bittersweet,” Donohue, who has been at almost every day of the trial with his mother, applauded Judge Denise Casper’s sentencing.

Donohue said he hopes charges will be brought against Bulger cohort Pat Nee, who was in the car when Donohue’s father was shot-to-death.

Steven Davis, brother of Debbie Davis called the sentencing “the end.”

Bulger was not convicted of Davis’ murder but as Casper said during sentencing, Bulger is still accountable for conspiracy.

“It’s not over for us, we have to live with the suffering everyday of losing a loved one,” Davis said.

Outside the courthouse, family members clutched photographs of their murdered loved ones, others said additional charges should be filed against members of the FBI and Bulger’s brothers William and Jackie.

Victims are pushing for new legislation that will change the way informants are handled and stall pensions to those named as part of Bulger’s reign of terror in the city.

Former State Police Colonel Tom Foley said Thursday, he still thinks about the way he handled Bulger’s role as an informant.

“I’m just questioning whether the next Whitey Bulger is around the corner,” Foley said. “We haven’t made the changes.”

Foley said changes to informant control must make clear that informants work for law enforcement.

“It was about and it’s still about how we operate in the business of law enforcement with informants,” Foley said.

Tom Angeli, son of Al Notarangeli said charges should be brought against members of the FBI.

“I think they’re extremely accountable,” Angeli said. “If you look between the pages, it’s all there.”

During sentencing, Casper noted Bulger had become an unfortunate face of the City of Boston over the past three decades, a statement Angeli refuted.

“He’s not the face of the city, you know who the face of the city is? It’s all the people who ran and helped the people at the Boston Marathon this year,” Angeli said. “This is a great city.”

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