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Families react to Bulger sentencing

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Nicole Gerber



BOSTON - Earlier today a judge told Whitey Bulger that his crimes were heinous before sentencing him to two consecutive life sentences plus 5 years.

It finally offers some closure for the families affected by his crimes.

Many had been waiting decades for the moment Bulger was sentenced to the rest of his days behind bars.

"There is some closure, there is a feeling. I've been waiting for 31 years for finally someone getting convicted for killing my dad," said Tommy Donahue, whose father was killed by Bulger.

"I Waited for this moment for over 25 years, and it's finally here," said Sandra Patient, who lost an uncle at the hands of Bulger. "A lot of families have been given a lot of closure...he has been sentenced and we can put this behind us and move on from here."

Inside a federal courtroom, Judge Denise Casper also ordered Bulger pay $19.5 million in restitution to the families of 19 murder victims, including those whose deaths he was not found guilty of playing a role in.

Bulger refused to speak during the sentencing hearing.

"I just wanted to say to him, speak up, you know, spit out what you have to say... say something, be a man," said Steven Davis. The jury returned a no decision verdict on the death of his sister, Debra.

Moving forward Bulger will appeal the conviction, though he hasn't said on what grounds.

Victim's families say they're pleased with the final sentence, though they stand divided on how they see the former mob–boss now.

"The hell with him. You know what I mean? He's hurt so many people and he's done so many ratty things, the next time I want to hear anything about him is hopefully he's dead," said Donahue.

"We are all human and we all do make mistakes. I do hate what that man has done, but I do not hate him as a person," said Patient.

Throughout most of the sentencing today, the 84 year old Bulger kept his head down and showed no emotion when he learned his punishment.

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