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Three indicted in the 2018 murder of Whitey Bulger at Hazelton prison

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — Three men have been charged in the 2018 Hazelton federal prison murder of one-time Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger.

Whitey Bulger 2011 mugshot

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Northern West Virginia announced Thursday three men, who were inmates at Hazelton federal prison in Preston County at the time have been indicted in Bulger’s death.

A federal grand jury indicted Fotios “Freddy” Geas, 55, Paul J. “Pauly” DeCologero, 48, and Sean McKinnon, 36. They’e each been charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder.

Geas and DeCologero are accused of killing Bulger by hitting him the head multiple times in the October 2018 attack on Bulger. Geas and DeCologero have also been charged with aiding and abetting first degree murder and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Bulger, 89, was found dead in his general population cell. He had been at the Hazelton prison for less than 24 hours at the time of his death.

Geas faces a separate charge for murder by a federal inmate serving a life sentence.

McKinnon faces a separate charge of making false statements to a federal agent.

Geas is still incarcerated at USP Hazelton. DeCologero is no longer being held at USP Hazelton but remains housed in the federal prison system. McKinnon was on federal supervised release at the time of the indictment and was taken into custody in Florida.

Bulger left Boston in 1995 after being tipped off that authorities were going after him. He was on the run for 16 years. He was arrested in California in 2011. He was convicted on various charges in 2013 and sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison.

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