Time running out to charge anyone who helped gangster Bulger

BOSTON (AP) — Prosecutors have only a few months left to charge additional people with assisting Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger while he was on the run for 16 years.

The statute of limitations for harboring a fugitive will expire on June 22 — five years after Bulger was captured in Santa Monica, California. Bulger’s longtime girlfriend, Catherine Greig, pleaded guilty to helping him as a fugitive and was sentenced to an 8-year prison term.

Greig has refused to testify before a grand jury investigating who else may have assisted him, leaving Bulger’s victims to wonder if anyone else will ever be charged.

Bulger is serving a life sentence after being convicted of a litany of crimes during a 2013 racketeering trial, including participating in 11 murders.