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Convicted Mobster Whitey Bulger Moved to Fla. Federal Prison

By    |   Thursday, 04 Sep 2014 10:07 PM

Convicted Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger has been moved from a federal prison in Arizona to a high-security federal lockup in Florida.

The 85-year-old crime boss is serving two life sentences after a 2013 racketeering conviction tying him to 11 murders and other gangland crimes in the 1970s and '80s.

Defense attorneys appealed his conviction last month and are awaiting a ruling, the Boston Globe reports. 

Bulger had been jailed in Tucson, and his attorney, Hank Brennan, said Thursday he hasn't been told the reason for the move.

But the gangster still faces a Florida murder charge in the 1982 killing of gambling executive John Callahan, and Brennan said he hopes Bulger will testify if the case goes to trial. Bulger didn't testify at his Boston trial.

The Globe reported that Bulger spent several days at a transitional prison in Oklahoma before arriving this week at the Coleman II penitentiary in Sumterville, Fla., about 50 miles northwest of Orlando.

"We had nothing to do with the movement of Whitey Bulger," Miami-Dade prosecutor Michael Von Zamft told the Globe.

He said the State Attorney's Office is waiting for the outcome of Bulger's federal appeal before deciding whether to bring him to trial on the state murder charge, which carries the death penalty.

In his appeal, Bulger's attorneys are saying he didn't get a fair trial because the judge refused to let him tell jurors that a now-deceased federal prosecutor had promised him immunity for all of his crimes decades ago.

Bulger had been one of America's most wanted fugitives and spent more than 16 years on the run before his June 2011 capture in Santa Monica, Calif.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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