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Bulger's longtime girlfriend sentenced to eight years

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BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) The longtime girlfriend of reputed mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was sentenced to eight years in prison for harboring a fugitive.

Catherine Greig will also have to pay $150,000 in fines and will receive three years supervised probation after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, conspiracy to commit identity fraud, and identity fraud.

In court on Tuesday, prosecutors claimed there was no one who helped Bulger more than Greig. They added that it is hard to imagine a more severe harboring case.

The court also heard five victim impact statements. Victims did not pull any punches as they directed their comments toward Greig.

Timmy Connors told the court that 37 years ago to the day, his father was killed by Bulger.

"Truth be told, if I had a sister like you I'd have killed myself too," said Connors in reference to Greig's sibling committing suicide.

Defense attorney Kevin Reddington said in closing that Greig didn't believe Bulger was capable of the homicides that he is accused of committing.

Judge Douglas Woodlock prefaced Greig's sentence by discussing a series of bad decisions she made. He says enabling somebody involved in the most serious of crimes, as well as other violations of federal law, is the issue at hand. Woodlock added that it was critically important to impose a sentence that is exemplary.

Outside of court, victims, Kevin Reddington, and U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz all weighed in on the sentence.

Steve Davis told the media that it was the beginning of justice for his sister, Debra, who was one of Bulger's alleged victims.

Reddington told the media that Greig has no regrets. He also responded to questions about statements given by alleged victims. The defense attorney called the comments nasty and repulsive, saying that it "shows the character of individuals we are dealing with."

Ortiz also weighed in on the comments, saying that the victims were speaking out of tremendous pain.

Bulger has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from 19 murders. The reputed mob boss escaped Boston in 1994. After returning an ex-girlfriend back to Boston, Bulger picked up Greig thus beginning their life on the lam together.

The trial of James "Whitey" Bulger is scheduled to begin in November.

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