BOSTON (AP) — Just minutes after the longtime girlfriend of mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was sentenced to eight years in prison for helping Bulger stay on the run for 16 years, federal prosecutors began discussing Bulger’s trial.

The former leader of the notorious Winter Hill Gang is scheduled to go to trial in November on charges he participated in 19 murders.

Prosecutors had once said they would try to compel his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, to testify against Bulger. But after Greig was sentenced Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said prosecutors are no longer seeking Greig’s cooperation.

“We indicted and we’re ready to prosecute without her help,” Ortiz said.

Greig, 61, showed no emotion when U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock handed down the sentence after listening to emotional pleas from family members of Bulger’s alleged victims.

She pleaded guilty in March to charges of conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, identity fraud and conspiracy to commit identity fraud.

Greig’s lawyer, Kevin Reddington, urged Woodlock to impose a sentence of a little over two years, arguing that Greig was in love with Bulger when she fled Boston with him in 1995.

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