BOSTON (AP) — The girlfriend of U.S. mobster James "Whitey" Bulger gave notice Wednesday that she may appeal her eight-year sentence for helping the former fugitive during his 16 years on the run.
The document filed in federal court Wednesday says Catherine Greig, 61, claims her right to appeal to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
But her attorney, Kevin Reddington, said Greig is not planning to appeal. Under federal rules, defendants must file a notice of appeal within 14 days after sentencing or be barred from ever considering an appeal, so the notice is a safeguard.
Christina DiIorio-Sterling, a spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, said prosecutors would not comment. "It is her right to appeal," she said.
Greig, who was sentenced Tuesday, pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy.
Reddington said Greig was in love with Bulger when she fled Boston with him in 1995 and that she did not believe he was capable of the 19 murders he is accused of committing.
They were apprehended in June 2011 in California, where they had posed as married retirees. They had more than $800,000 in cash and 30 weapons in their apartment when they were captured.
Bulger, the former leader of the notorious Winter Hill Gang and an FBI informant, is awaiting trial.