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Tsarnaev Friend from Kyrgystan Gets Prison Sentence for Misleading Investigators

June 19 2015, 12:42

Image 0A friend of one Boston Marathon bomber who had dinner with the brothers hours after the attack has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for misleading investigators.

Khairullozhon Matanov was a friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and an acquaintance of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He pleaded guilty in March to misleading the FBI after the 2013 bombings by deleting his computer files and failing to disclose contact he had with the brothers.

Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, a judge sentenced Mr. Matanov on Thursday to 2 ½ years in prison.

The Kyrgyzstan native wasn't accused of knowing about the bombings beforehand or participating in the attack.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police days after the bombings. His brother was convicted and sentenced to death.

Source: wsj.com Photo: In this courtroom sketch, Khairullozhon Matanov with attorney Paul Glickman, appears in federal court (AP).

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