June 13, 2012
BOSTON — A lawyer for Catherine Greig, 61, the girlfriend of James "Whitey" Bulger, has filed a notice saying she will appeal her sentence. On June 12, Greig was given 96 months in prison for her role in helping him avoid capture for over 16 years. She must also pay a $150,000 fine.
Greig pleaded guilty in March to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive and identity fraud. Speaking after the sentencing, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said she got the punishment she deserved. "Miss Greig was no victim. She made choices of her own free will. And so as a result she's paying the price for those choices that she made," she said.
Five family members delivered emotional victim impact statements earlier that day. One man, referencing the suicide of Greig's brother, said to her, “I could see why your brother killed himself. I would kill myself too, if you were my sister." At that, the courtroom gasped and Greig started to shake.
Greig's attorney initially sought a more lenient sentence of 27 months, pointing to Greig's lack of a criminal record.
Material from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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