Bulger Aide Admits 5 Murders
Thursday, July 20th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
BOSTON (AP) â€” A top lieutenant to alleged mobster Whitey Bulger pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in federal court Thursday and admitted involvement in five murders allegedly committed by Bulger's gang.
``I did it all,'' Kevin Weeks told the U.S. District Court judge.
Under a plea agreement filed last week, Weeks could serve as little as five years in prison if he cooperates and provides evidence against his former cronies. Without the plea agreement, he could have faced a life sentence.
Weeks, who was Bulger's right-hand man, pleaded guilty to five charges including racketeering, extortion and money laundering.
According to Weeks's plea agreement, at least one of the five murders was committed by ``leaders of the Bulger Group,'' identified in the document as Bulger and Stephen ``The Rifleman'' Flemmi. The others were committed by members and associates of the group, according to the document.
Bulger has been on the lam since he was indicted in January 1995 on gambling, loansharking and drug charges. Prosecutors claim he ran a criminal organization for 30 years from the city's South Boston neighborhood.
Flemmi is awaiting trial on racketeering charges.
Weeks is believed to have led investigators to a Boston neighborhood where three bodies were unearthed earlier this year. Weeks admitted involvement in the murders of the three as well as two others, all committed in the 1980s.