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The jury in the Whitey Bulger federal racketeering trial has reached a verdict, the Boston U.S. Attorney's office announced Monday.
Bulger, 83, faces life in prison if convicted of top charges in the 32-count indictment. The panel of eight men and four women deliberated more than 30 hours over days.
The alleged Winter Hill Gang boss - who spent 16 years on the lam before being caught in California in 2011 - is accused of 19 murders and a raft of other crimes.
A rogue's gallery of ex-confederates took the stand as prosecution witnesses, describing in sometimes gruesome detail how he ruled South Boston with bullets and brutality across three decades.
The 41-day trial also featured testimony about the gang's corrupt relationship with the FBI, though Bulger insists he was not an informant and has cursed at witnesses who described him as a rat.
Before the verdict, court papers revealed Bulger agreed to forfeit $822,000 seized from his California hideout, but he'll hang onto a Stanley Cup ring he got as a gift.
A document filed in court does not say who gave the Winter Hill Gang boss the prized professional hockey memento, but he did have ties to Montreal Canadiens enforcer Chris Nilan.
Nilan, 55, who retired from the NHL in 1992, was married to Karen Stanley, the daughter of Bulger's longtime girlfriend. A photo released by the defense during Bulger's racketeering trial to depict him in a better light showed him posing with Nilan next to the Stanley Cup.