James “Whitey” Bulger, a mobster who terrorized South Boston in the 1970s and ’80s as head of the Winter Hill Gang, was found guilty Monday in a Boston court of gangland crimes, including 11 murders. The 83-year-old faces a sentence of life in prison with sentencing set for Nov. 13.
(In courtroom sketch above, prosecutor Fred Wyshak, standing, speaks during closing arguments in the trial of Bulger, right, at U.S. District Court in Boston).
In another development to the story, the CBS affiliate in Boston reported that Bulger waived his right to have the jury decide whether he must forfeit $822,000 in cash, along with guns and personal possessions found in his Santa Monica hideaway when he was captured in June 2011 after 16 years on the run. The report added that in a court filing released Monday it was revealed Bulger wants to hold onto one special item: a 1986 Canadiens Stanley Cup ring. The ring still remains in government possession and there’s no guarantee Bulger will get it back.
The CBS report stated: “The ring is believed to have once belonged to former Hab Chris ‘Knuckles’ Nilan, who was once married to the daughter of Bulger’s ex-girlfriend Teresa Stanley.”
The Boston Globe reported that Bulger paid for the wedding of Nilan and Karen Stanley. The marriage ended in divorce.
Reached by text message Monday night, Nilan told The Gazette he had no comment on the reports out of Boston, adding that his father still has his Stanley Cup ring.
When Nilan was a guest on the Hockey Inside/Out show last season, he told the story about how he gave his Stanley Cup ring to his father and that when former Habs general manager Serge Savard found out, he had another one made for Nilan. You can watch that video by clicking here.
(Courtroom sketch: AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins)