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Robel Phillipos sentenced to three years in prison

By  The Boston Globe  JUNE 5, 2015

Defense attorney Susan Church (left) arrived witht Robel Phillipos for his sentencing Friday. Josh Reynolds / AP 

A federal judge has sentenced Robel Phillipos, a high school and college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, to three years in prison.

Phillipos, 21, was the last of three Tsarnaev friends sentenced to federal prison this week for their actions following the bombing that killed three and wounded more than 260 others in April 2013.

Phillipos must turn himself in to begin his sentence on July 24.

Phillipos was convicted in October of lying to federal agents about being with Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev when they took a laptop and a backpack containing emptied fireworks from Tsarnaev’s dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

The three had gone to the room several days after the bombing as the manhunt intensified for Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan. The jury rejected the defense contention that he was too high on marijuana to remember what happened.

Phillipos was friends with Tsarnaev both at the university and at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.

Assistant US Attorney John Capin asked US District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to sentence Phillipos to five years and three months, saying Phillipos had resisted telling FBI agents the truth.

“The statements were calculated to deceive,” Capin told Woodlock. “I’m not condemning him as a human being … but his conduct is outrageous.”

Read the full story on The Boston Globe

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