(WWLP) - The 22News I-Team has been looking into the past of Freddy Geas, the man who's reportedly a suspect in the murder of infamous mobster Whitey Bulger.
"I'm not surprised in the slightest that a man can be murdered in prison," retired Massachusetts Assistant District Attorney Carmen Picknally said.
Notorious mobster James Whitey Bulger was found dead earlier this week at a prison in West Virginia. The Justice Department is investigating his death as a homicide, and according to the Boston Globe, a convicted mafia hitman who once lived in West Springfield, is a prime suspect.
Fifty-one year-old Freddy Geas is serving a life sentence in West Virginia, in connection with murder of Springfield mob boss, Al Bruno.
The I-Team has learned he's well known to law enforcement and prosecutors here in western Massachusetts.
"I can understand if those accounts are true, why there are press reports he would be a suspect," Picknally said. "Let's leave it at that."
The I-Team went back years into our archives here at 22News, to take a closer look at Geas' past.
This mugshot (pictured in the video above) was taken over a decade ago, after he was charged with murder and racketeering, 5-years after Al Bruno's death.
The federal indictment said Geas had paid a hitman $10,000 to murder Bruno, on behalf of the Springfield crew of the Genovese crime family from New York. Three years later, he was convicted in New York, and in September of 2011, he was sentenced to life in prison.
Springfield Attorney Dan Kelly has represented Geas in court.
"He is in there for murder, so I wasn't completely surprised that he would be alleged to be involved with another murder, but I don't have any particular first hand knowledge he was involved," Kelly said.
David Hoose, another one of Geas' attorney's told NBCNews that Freddy, "did not like or respect anyone who was a rat."
You may remember that Bulger had worked with the FBI for years, while running the streets of Boston as a mob boss.
I (Tamara Sacharczyk) was a news intern in Boston back in 2013, and sat in the courtroom during Bulger's murder trial, when he swore at his former associate, Kevin Weeks, after he called him a rat during testimony.
The Justice Department hasn't released any additional information on the investigation into Bulger's death.
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