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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Bulger Companion Pleads Guilty to Criminal Contempt Charge

BOSTON – Catherine Greig, the longtime companion of convicted killer James “Whitey” Bulger, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Boston in connection with her refusal to testify before a federal grand jury.  The investigation centered on whether others assisted her and Bulger during the 16 years they were fugitives from justice.

Ms. Greig, 64, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal contempt.  U.S. District Court Judge F. Dennis Saylor, IV scheduled sentencing for April 28, 2016. 

Greig is currently serving an eight year sentence for her 2012 conviction of identity fraud and harboring James J. Bulger. 

The charge of criminal contempt provides for a sentence or no greater than life in prison to be served subsequent to her current eight-year prison sentence and a fine.  Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties.  Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary B. Murrane of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit. 

Updated February 4, 2016