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Friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect convicted
BOSTON A federal court has found a college student guilty of hindering the investigation into his friend and Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
A jury in Boston convicted Azamat Tazhayakov June 21 of obstruction of Justice and conspiracy, after deliberating for 15 hours over the course of three days.
Prosecutors said Tazhayakov helped remove a backpack containing fireworks, a jar of Vaseline and a thumb drive from Tsarnaevs dorm room, in the days following the April 15, 2013 attacks. Police said he conspired with another man named Dias Kadyrbayev to take evidence from the room, shortly after the FBI broadcast photos of the bombing suspects on television.
Jurors found Tazhayakov not guilty on counts related to a laptop computer that was also removed from the room.
He faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence for obstruction, with the potential for up to five more years behind bars on the conspiracy charge,
The case was the first to be tried in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.