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Whitey Bulger's girlfriend Catherine Greig pleads not guilty

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Whitey Bulger & Catherine Greig captured by FBI
Whitey Bulger and Catherine Greig
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(CBS/AP) BOSTON - Catherine Greig, the longtime girlfriend of reputed Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger, has pleaded not guilty to helping him elude authorities for over 16 years as a fugitive.

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Greig, 60, entered her not plea Thursday in a brief appearance in U.S. District Court.

She was indicted last week on a charge of conspiracy to harbor and conceal a fugitive which is a crime that carries a maximum sentence of five years.

Greig has been in custody since she and Bulger were captured in June in Santa Monica, Calif.

Greig's lawyer has described her as a subservient woman who was in love with Bulger and unaware of the extent of his alleged crimes.

Bulger has pleaded not guilty to participating in 19 murders.

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