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Boston Bombing Suspect's Friend Convicted For Lying To FBI


A friend of Chechen Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted of lying to U.S. authorities during a terrorism investigation into the 2013 attack.

The 21-year-old Robel Phillipos was found guilty by a jury on two criminal counts on October 28.

The charges were for saying he did not visit Tsarnaev's dormitory room, and later that he did not remember the visit, when two other friends removed potential evidence against the suspected Boston Marathon bombers -- Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Phillipos later admitted to the visit.

Three people were killed and more than 260 injured in the April 15, 2013 bombing near the finish line of the Boston running race.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a gun fight with police on April 19, 2013.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested the same day after fleeing the scene of that clash.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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