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Lover pleads guilty to aiding US mobster Bulger

Girlfriend of ex-mob boss 'Whitey' Bulger pleads guilty to helping him evade capture By The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) ' The longtime girlfriend of former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges she helped Bulger evade capture during 16 years on the run.

In a deal with prosecutors, Catherine Greig pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud.

Bulger, who was captured with Greig last year in California, has pleaded not guilty to charges of participating in 19 murders.

Each of the three charges Grieg pleaded guilty to carries a maximum sentence of five years, but prosecutors told families of people believed killed by Bulger that Greig could face less than three years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

Greig's plea agreement doesn't require her to testify against Bulger, and prosecutors have agreed not to charge her with anything else.

Sentencing is set for June 12.

Greig has acknowledged that she agreed to join Bulger on the run beginning in early 1995, using aliases and unlawfully obtaining identification documents.

Bulger, now 82, headed the notorious Winter Hill Gang and was a longtime FBI informant who gave the agency information on the rival New England Mafia. Bulger's former FBI handler, John Connolly Jr., was convicted of warning him that he was about to be indicted, prompting him to flee.

The 60-year-old Greig has been in jail since her arrest. During a bail hearing in July, her lawyer described her as a subservient woman who was in love with Bulger and unaware of the extent of his crimes when they fled.

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