By Lauren Keiper
BOSTON (Reuters) - Catherine Greig, girlfriend of James "Whitey" Bulger, pleaded guilty in a federal court on Wednesday to charges that she conspired to help the reputed Boston mob boss evade capture during their 16 years on the run.
Greig, 60, dressed in a blue prison jumpsuit, spoke softly as she delivered her plea in front of a packed courtroom.
The plea deal had been expected after court papers released by authorities on Monday, including a statement in which the former dental hygienist described her "close, personal relationship" with Bulger and many details of their years in hiding, including using multiple false identifies.
Greig's next court appearance was set for June 12. She had earlier pleaded not guilty on related charges and had been expected to stand trial starting May 7.
Bulger and Greig were arrested in June in Santa Monica, California, along with a huge cache of firearms and over $820,000 in cash hidden in the walls of their apartment hideout a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean.
(Writing by Ros Krasny; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)