2 sen­tenced for aid­ing bomber

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION -

Two col­lege friends of marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsar­naev were sen­tenced to pri­son af­ter one tear­fully apol­o­gized to the res­i­dents of Bos­ton for im­ped­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the other had a show of sup­port from for­mer Gov. Michael S. Dukakis.

Aza­mat Tazhayakov, 21, was sen­tenced to 31⁄2 years for im­ped­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the attack while au­thor­i­ties fran­ti­cally searched for the bombers. He was con­victed of con­spir­acy and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice for agree­ing with an­other friend to re­move Tsar­naev’s back­pack from his dorm room at the Uni­ver­sity of Mas­sachusetts-Dart­mouth. The back­pack con­tained fire­works that had been emp­tied of their ex­plo­sive pow­der.

Ro­bel Philli­pos, 21, was given a three-year sen­tence for ly­ing to the FBI about be­ing in Tsar­naev’s dorm room days af­ter the bomb­ings. The judge said Philli­pos was to blame for a “sub­stan­tial di­ver­sion” of law en­force­ment re­sources.

Dukakis, a friend of Philli­pos’ fam­ily, and the 1988 Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, wrote a let­ter of sup­port and tes­ti­fied for him dur­ing his trial.

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