Friend of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Found Guilty

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A jury found a friend of the Boston Marathon Bombing suspect guilty of lying to investigators during the investigation following the bombing at the marathon finish line.

Robel Phillipos of Cambridge, a friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, faces up to 16 years in prison for the two counts, and he is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 29, according to a report from WBZ-TV Channel 4. He was found guilty at Boston Federal Court on Tuesday.

Defense attorneys tried to argue that Phillipos could not remember what happened that day because he had been smoking marijuana, WCVB Channel 5 reported.

Phillipos attended high school with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and went to UMass-Dartmouth at the same time.

Other friends of Tsarnaev have been convicted in relation to the bombing incident. In July, Azamat Tazhayakov was convicted of impeding a federal investigation by removing a backpack with altered fireworks inside, CBS News reported. In August, another friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, pleaded guilty to impeding an investigation for the same incident for which Tazhayakov was convicted, according to CBS News.

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