Judge OKs sale of Bulger items, proceeds to go to victims

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BOSTON >> A federal judge has approved the sale of dozens of items belonging to Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.

The move by Judge Denise Casper Monday allows the U.S. Marshals Service to auction off Bulger's belongings so the proceeds can be divided among the families of his murder and extortion victims.

The items include a gold and diamond Claddagh ring, a replica of a 1986 Stanley Cup championship ring, electronics and other items found in Bulger's apartment when he was captured in Santa Monica, California, in 2011. Bulger spent 16 years on the run.

Authorities also found $822,000 in cash. That money will also go to victims' families.

The auction is expected to be held in late June.

Bulger was convicted in 2013 of a litany of crimes, including playing a role in 11 murders.


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