Catherine Greig gets eight years for helping Whitey Bulger
Catherine Greig was sentenced to eight years in prison, and was admonished by the judge for her loyalty and support of wanted mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger. Catherine Greig posed as Bulger's wife, picked up his medicine, and helped him while he evaded the FBI for 16 years.
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The longtime girlfriend of mobster James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for helping one of the FBI's most-wanted men stay on the run for 16 years, a life her lawyer said she doesn't regret because she still loves Bulger.
Catherine Greig showed no emotion when U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock handed down the sentence after listening to emotional pleas from relatives of those Bulger is accused of killing. Bulger, the 82-year-old former leader of the notorious Winter Hill Gang, is awaiting trial on charges he participated in 19 murders.
Greig, 61, had pleaded guilty in March to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud.
Greig's lawyer, Kevin Reddington, urged the judge to impose a sentence of a little over two years, arguing that Greig was in love with Bulger when she fled Boston with him in 1995.
"Catherine Greig fell in love with Mr. Bulger, and that's why she was in the situation she was in," Reddington said. "Miss Greig did not believe that Mr. Bulger was capable of these homicides."
But prosecutors dismissed her professions of love and said Greig had numerous opportunities to leave Bulger during their time on the run.
"This was not a romantic saga," U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said. "She helped and protected and concealed a fugitive."