Bulger’s Girlfriend Greig Will Plead Guilty, Victims’ Families Upset

BOSTON (CBS/AP) — The girlfriend of reputed mobster James “Whitey” Bulger is expected to plead guilty this week to charges of harboring a fugitive, as part of a plea deal with the government.

On Monday, prosecutors told family members of Bulger’s alleged murder victims that Catherine Greig will plead guilty to two charges in California over shielding identities and one charge here in Massachusetts for harboring a fugitive.

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Under the agreement, Greig will not have to testify against Bulger. There will be no recommendations on sentencing, but the families say they were told that in exchange for her plea, Greig will not face any additional charges.

Tom Donahue, whose father was allegedly killed by Bulger in 1982, says prosecutors told him Greig will plead guilty Wednesday to the harboring charge as well as conspiracy and identity fraud charges.

“I’m not happy with the deal. I’m not happy with any deals. Everybody had gotten a sweetheart deal. I want to see somebody finally get charged to the full extent of the law,” he said.

Greig is accused of helping Bulger evade capture during their 16 years on the run.

Steven Davis, who says his sister Debbie was murdered by Bulger, is also upset with the plea. He says, “I feel the government is not putting a tight enough grasp on the whole situation. At one point they said they would be worried about a 12 man jury. I said I would take a shot at that in a minute.”

Davis’ brother Robbie says he understands the US Attorney’s office is keeping it’s focus on Bulger.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Bernice Corpuz reports

Bulger is charged in connection with 19 killings. He and Greig were captured in June in Santa Monica, Calif.

Greig could face anywhere between three and fifteen years in prison.

The Donahue and Davis family say despite their frustration, they are glad the US Attorney brought them in to explain the proceedings. They believe US Attorney Carmen Ortiz will stand by her word to them, and not let Bulger off with any kind of plea deal. “She’s a fighter,” Steve Davis said of Ortiz.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson contributed to this report.

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  1. DoverDavid says:

    Under the agreement, Greig will not have to testify against Bulger…..Then NO deal!

  2. Matt says:

    Let’s not pretend like these were good people that were killed here. I am not saying that killing these people was right but each one of them made a living by preying on other members of society, breaking the law and not following the rules that a decent society lives by. Do I feel bad when a good person gets murdered. Yes, but when It happens to a scum bag then not so much.

    1. fred says:

      There was one guy who was just giving a ride to one of the intended victims and he was killed too. There was an ex-girlfriend and one of Steven Flemmi’s nieces who was molested as well as being brutally murdered. They were not all scum bags. Just anyone who presented a threat or who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Roger Wheeler was a businessman who was killed because he realized his former FBI agent security team was ripping him off. When he was killed, not only did his family and friends suffer but his business did not survive without him and many people lost their jobs as a result. The Bulger’s were and are a scourge on society with many more victims than we’ll ever know. Whitey deserves nothing less than the death penalty and Greig deserves nothing less than life in prison.

  3. fred says:

    It’s obvious what is going on. The FBI is still trying to hide its culpability in the Bulger murders and the US attorneys office is helping out. There is much more that will involve many others if she talks. They have enough on Greig to put her away for life – why not use that threat to have her name names and possibly locate millions of dollars. They don’t want her to talk. This makes no sense – the families of the victims are be victimized all over again. If Bulger pleads out after her very light sentence we will all know that this is nothing but a cover up.

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