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Greig gets a tough but fair sentence

Catherine Greig will spend the next eight years in federal prison not because she loved James “Whitey” Bulger, but because she helped him evade capture during 16 years on the run. It’s a fair sentence, reflecting her central role in enabling Boston’s most notorious gangster to escape justice for the better part of two decades. As US District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock declared at Greig’s sentencing, “We’re all responsible for what we do. We all make choices.”

Prosecutors sought a 10-year sentence for Greig, 61, calling her crimes an “extreme case of harboring.” The prosecution argued, among other things, that she helped Bulger build false walls in his apartment and obtain identities from other people. Greig’s attorney, Kevin Reddington, urged a sentence of two years and three months for his client, who pleaded guilty in March to harboring a fugitive and two related offenses. Describing her as a victim of love, Reddington likened her devotion to Bulger to a love story worthy of “Shakespeare’s sonnets.”

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