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Whitey Bulger's girlfriend appeals prison sentence

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(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – The girlfriend of mobster James Whitey Bulger has appealed her eight year prison sentence on the grounds that she was sentenced unfairly.

According to court documents filed on Wednesday, Greig is entitled to resentencing for several reasons, one of which being that the government's claim that her conduct went beyond mere harboring was not substantiated.

Greig's attorney Dana A. Curhan said her client was reportedly not involved in the underlying offenses alleged against Bulger. Bulger is accused of 19 murders.

Furthermore, Greig's lawyer argues that the identity fraud charges levied against their client should not apply because she changed her identity solely in furtherance of the harboring charge and not for financial gain.

Greig's lawyer claims the judge also erred on the firearm charge.

Curhan claims that prosecutors failed to establish Greig's actual knowledge of the firearms, nor was it known that Bulger would possess firearms thereby heightening the severity of her harboring offense.

Greig also faced an obstruction of justice charge regarding testimony that she made immediately following her arrest in California.

Greig testified that she did not have any property, when in fact she had an interest in a house and a bank account. However, Greig argued at sentencing that after a 17-year absence, she assumed that she no longer owned the house and that the bank account had gone inactive. Thus, the statements she made would have been true based on her knowledge at the time.

Also, Greig's lawyers said it was doubtful that these misrepresentations made after her arrest in a different jurisdiction had anything to do with court proceedings.

Lastly, Greig's attorneys argued that the court should not have allowed five family members of alleged victims of Bulger to speak at her sentencing hearing after acknowledging that they did not qualify as "victims" of the offenses charged against Greig.

Prosecutors say Greig helped Bulger escape capture for 16 years. Her lawyer says she was in love with Bulger and didn't know the extent of his alleged crimes when she fled with him.

Greig was sentenced to eight years behind bars in August for harboring a fugitive and identity theft.

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