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(NECN: Josh Brogadir, Boston) - Catherine Greig, longtime girlfriend of once-fugitive Boston mobster James 'Whitey' Bulger, was sentenced to eight years behind federal bars on Tuesday.
Prosecutors wanted 10 years out of a possible 15, but the defense wanted only 27 months. In the end - the severity of the crimes - translating into eight years in jail - for a woman who the judge said was no victim.
For 16 years, Greig and Bulger were on the lam, with most of it spent in a two bedroom, two bath apartment filled with guns and cash on the other side of the country.
Now, for half that time, she'll be walled off from the public, confined to a prison cell.
Greig was sentenced to eight years and fined $150,000 in federal court in South Boston, after admitting in March to identity fraud and for harboring Boston's most notorious fugitive.
But Judge Douglas Woodlock said the 61 year old with no prior record did even more, conspiring with him to avoid arrest.
In court, before Greig was sentenced, there was anger from family members of some of Bulger's alleged murder victims.
In a victim impact statement, Steve Davis said, "Catherine, You're a dirty b----."
"If I had a sister like you, I'd kill myself too," said Tim Connors - a reference to Greig's brother taking his own life.
"It was nasty, repulsive, it just shows the caliber of individuals that you're dealing with," Greig's lawyer, Kevin Reddington, said. "Calling her the kind of names that they did and especially the individual referencing her dead brother is just beyond reprehensible."
While Greig was transported in a van back to the Rhode Island prison where she's been held for the last year, Reddington said his client still does not think she did anything wrong.
"She's in love with the guy. If she could be with him right now she'd be with him," said Reddington. "She doesn't believe for one minute that he is guilty or culpable of these horrible crimes. She doesn't buy that, doesn't believe it. And absolutely stands by her man."
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said this was not just about a woman falling blindly in love, but a calculated attempt to keep a fugitive from facing justice.
"This was not a romantic saga. This is a serious case where Catherine Greig committed serious crimes," Ortiz said.
She has served a year already, plus she can knock several months off those seven additional years for good behavior.
So it won't likely be a full eight years.