Lawyer for Bulger's girlfriend asks for leniency
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The lawyer for mobster James "Whitey" Bulger's girlfriend is asking a judge to sentence her to 27 months in prison for helping him stay on the run for 16 years.
Prosecutors have asked for a decade in prison for Catherine Greig, following her plea agreement in March.
She awaits sentencing Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud.
According to documents filed in court on Monday, Greig wasn’t allowed in Bulger’s bedroom. The documents said she had no idea Bulger had stashed guns and cash in the Santa Monica apartment they shared.
Authorities captured the couple in Santa Monica, Calif., last June after the FBI launched a publicity campaign focused on Greig. The now 82-year-old Bulger is awaiting trial on charges he participated in 19 murders.
They were posing as retirees from Chicago and renting an apartment where authorities said they found a stash of more than $800,000 cash and 30 weapons.
Steven Rakes, who says he lost his South Boston liquor store to the Bulger gang, thinks the reduced sentence is crazy.
“He got caught with 30 guns and $800,000 in cash -- that would take four duffle bags to carry. He couldn’t carry them, he wasn’t that strong. So she had to carry them. So she knew what was in the bags,” said Rakes.
Attorney Kevin Reddington lashed out at Stephen Davis -- the outspoken brother of alleged Bulger murder victim Debra Davis -- who was buried along the banks of the Neponset River in Quincy in 1981.
“I think he’s scared right now. I think if he has to focus on me, Catherine better think twice about using him because he better keep his focus on her,” said Davis.
Reddington insists Davis is like the “tail wagging the dog,” claiming Davis’ news conferences have led the U.S. Attorney to seek a harsh 10-year sentence and a $150,000 fine. Reddington is asking for a sentence of just over two years.
In another court filing, Greig’s attorney insisted Davis and other individuals who seek to be heard at sentencing are not victims of her criminal acts.
Those men beg to differ and Davis insists he must speak out.
“I wouldn’t be fulfilling my obligation to my sister or to anybody else in this matter,” said Davis.
Greig will be sentenced Tuesday morning.
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