- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 2013 poisoning death of an alleged extortion victim of Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger.

The Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office says 72-year-old William Camuti, of Sudbury, was sentenced Thursday. A jury found him guilty of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Camuti killed 59-year-old Stephen Rakes in July 2013 when they met in Waltham over a business deal.

Authorities say Camuti gave Rakes an iced coffee laced with potassium cyanide so he couldn’t collect on a debt, and dumped his body.

Rakes wanted to testify in Bulger’s 2013 trial but wasn’t called by prosecutors. Bulger was sentenced to two life terms in a racketeering case.

Authorities say Rakes’ death wasn’t tied to the Bulger case.

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