Whitey Bulger gets to keep his Stanley Cup ring


South Boston gangster Whitey Bulger at least won something after being convicted on multiple counts of murder and racketeering in a Boston courtroom Monday, reports Chris Peters of CBSSports.com.

He’ll have to fork over $822,000 in cash, guns, knives and other personal items, but the judge approved an agreement that says he can keep his precious 1986 Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup ring.

“The defendant elects to have the forfeitability of this specific property decided by the Court,” said the filing, signed by Bulger, prosecutors, and US District Judge Denise J. Casper.

But the document also said, “The parties have agreed to exclude a Stanley Cup ring, which the defendant contends was a gift to him by a third-party.”

Bulger maintained that the ring was a gift from a third party, although that party is not revealed. It’s been speculated, and is probably true, that the ring used to belong to former player Chris Nilan, who was married for a time to Bulger’s ex-girlfriend’s daughter Karen Stanley. They have since divorced.

The Boston Globe reported that Nilan gave the ring to his father, and it somehow ended up in Bulger’s hands. They also reported that Bulger may have paid for Nilan and Stanley’s wedding.

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