Official: Discipline issues led to Whitey Bulger’s transfer

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BOSTON (AP) – A federal law enforcement official says slain gangster James “Whitey” Bulger had been transferred to the prison where he was killed because he had disciplinary problems at a Florida prison.

The 89-year-old Bulger was beaten to death Tuesday within hours of arriving at a federal prison in West Virginia.

The official told The Associated Press on Thursday that Bulger was transferred there because he had caused problems at a federal prison in Florida where he was serving a life sentence for participating in 11 killings.

The official has been briefed on the investigation into Bulger’s killing and insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to release details.

A former investigator told the AP Wednesday that a mob-connected inmate is a suspect in Bulger’s slaying .

The FBI has declined to comment on the investigation.

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Lavoie reported from Richmond, Virginia.

FILE – This June 23, 2011, file booking photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows James “Whitey” Bulger. Officials with the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Bulger died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, in a West Virginia prison after being sentenced in 2013 in Boston to spend the rest of his life in prison. The death of notorious Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger marks the third inmate to be killed at a West Virginia federal prison in the last six months. (U.S. Marshals Service via AP, File)
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