Warden of U.S. Penitentiary in Hazelton, W.Va. to retire in March

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HAZELTON, W.Va. (WTAP) - The warden at a federal prison in West Virginia where Boston gangster Whitey Bulger was killed says he's retiring at the end of March.

U.S. Penitentiary at Hazelton warden Joe Coakley announced his retirement Tuesday.

Coakley has been the warden at Hazelton since March 2016.

The 89-year-old Whitey Bulger was beaten to death at the prison on October 30, 2018.

It was just hours after Bulger's transfer from a Florida prison.

Two other inmates were also killed at the prison last year.

A union official at the prison says he'd like to see Coakley's replacement named quickly in order to address staffing shortages and other concerns at the prison.

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