Three men were indicted in the death of the notorious gangster James (Whitey) Bulger, who was beaten to death four years ago in a West Virginia federal prison where he was serving a sentence for crimes that terrorized Boston in the 1970s and ’80s, prosecutors said on Thursday.
Fotios Geas, Paul J. DeCologero and Sean McKinnon were charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of West Virginia.
All three men were incarcerated with Mr. Bulger in the Hazelton prison in Bruceton Mills, W.Va., where Mr. Bulger, 89, had been serving two life terms for his role in 11 murders committed when he controlled Boston’s underworld for several decades.
12 years and was a known informant for the agency.
quickly identified Mr. Geas as one of the suspects in Mr. Bulger’s killing, and all three men were sent to solitary confinement after the fatal attack. Yet questions remain as to why almost four years elapsed before the men were charged.
Mr. Geas’s lawyer, Daniel D. Kelly, of Springfield, Mass., said that his client had been held in solitary confinement “since the day of the killing.” While the charges were “serious,” Mr. Kelly said that they did not justify the length of Mr. Geas’s confinement. He raised concerns about potential bias in the investigation of the killing.
“It’s just troubling,” Mr. Kelly said. “Everyone should be a little bit curious as to why it took the F.B.I. four years to investigate the murder of their top echelon informant.”