Three men have been charged over the killing of Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger, who was beaten to death in prison in 2018.
Bulger, who was once the leader of Boston's notorious Irish mob, was killed in 2018 at West Virginia's United States Penitentiary Hazleton after being struck multiple times in the head. 55-year-old Fotios Geas, 46-year-old Paul J DeCologero, and 36-year-old Sean McKinnon, have been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, according to the Justice Department. DeCologero and Geas have also been charged with aiding and abetting first-degree murder, as well as assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
Authorities said that Geas also faces a charge of murder by a federal inmate serving a life sentence, and McKinnon faces a separate charge of making false statements to a federal agent.
The once feared mob boss was 89 years old and in a wheelchair when he was brutally attacked and killed by being struck multiple times to the head with a padlock stuffed inside a sock.
The attack was so vicious that it displaced both of his eyeballs.
Bulger had been a longtime federal informer, and his killing took place within hours of him arriving at the prison.
At the time of his murder, Bulger was serving two life sentences for his role in 11 murders that were carried out when he was one of the top players in the Boston organised crime scene.
He was arrested in Santa Monica, California, in June 2011 after being on the run since 1994.