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Guilty plea from marathon bombing suspect's friend



BY Denise Lavoie

BOSTON (AP) -- A college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded guilty Thursday to impeding the investigation by removing incriminating evidence from Tsarnaev's dorm room several days after the deadly attack.

Dias Kadyrbayev, 20, admitted in federal court that he removed Tsarnaev's laptop computer and a backpack containing fireworks that had been emptied of their explosive powder from Tsarnaev's room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

Twin bombs placed near the finish line of the 2013 marathon killed three people and injured more than 260.

Under a plea agreement, federal prosecutors said they would ask for no more than seven years in prison. The agreement allows his lawyer to argue for a lesser sentence. Kadyrbayev also agreed not to fight deportation after he completes his prison sentence.

U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock set sentencing for Nov. 18 but did not immediately accept the plea agreement, saying he first wanted to review a report that will be prepared by the probation department.

Kadyrbayev's decision to plead guilty came just two weeks before he was scheduled to go on trial and a month after his friend and co-conspirator, Azamat Tazhayakov, was convicted of identical charges by a jury.

During Tazhayakov's trial, prosecutors described Kadyrbayev as the leader in the decision to remove the items, but said Tazhayakov agreed with the plan. They said Kadyrbayev was the one who actually threw away the backpack and fireworks, which were later recovered in a landfill.

Kadyrbayev's lawyer, Robert Stahl, said his client made a "terrible error in judgment that he's paying for dearly."

Stahl emphasized that Kadyrbayev - a native of Kazakhstan who came to the U.S. in 2011 on a student visa - "had absolutely no knowledge" that Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were planning to bomb the marathon and was "shocked and horrified" when he learned they were suspects.

He said Kadyrbayev, who was 19 at the time, "now understands he never should have gone to that dorm room, and he never should have taken any items from that room."

His plea agreement with prosecutors does not make any mention of him agreeing to testify against a third friend who was also charged. Robel Phillipos, of Cambridge, is accused of lying to investigators about being present when Kadyrbayev took the items from Tsarnaev's room. Phillipos is scheduled to go on trial next month.

Typically, plea agreements describe whether defendants have given substantial assistance to prosecutors and have agreed to testify against co-defendants.

The backpack, fireworks and laptop were taken from Tsarnaev's room hours after the FBI publicly released photographs and videos of Tsarnaev and his brother as suspects in the bombing.

Prosecutors said Kadyrbayev exchanged text messages with Tsarnaev after seeing the photos, and Tsarnaev told him he could go to his dorm room and "take what's there."

Prosecutors said the fireworks had been emptied of explosive powder that can be used to make bombs.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police several days after the bombings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges and faces the possibility of the death penalty if convicted. His trial is scheduled to begin in November.


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deruwid9 August 21 2014 at 3:50 PM

Anyone aiding and abetting any terrorist should not be subject to the same process of law as a thief or robber. This is a crime of WAR.

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wongtpa August 21 2014 at 3:56 PM

It is all about who we allow in this country. Obama believes everyone should come regardless of background. Obama has endangered us all!

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lv2213frs August 21 2014 at 3:50 PM

Hard lesson to learn at a young age but when a "friend" asks you to do something illegal for him -- DON"T !!

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almmj lv2213frs August 21 2014 at 4:48 PM

ignorance should not get him out of the charges he faces. He is an accessory to murder and as such, needs to go to prison for a long, long time.

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lv2213frs almmj August 21 2014 at 5:29 PM

Absolutely! He was old enough to know better and needs to pay for his stupidity.

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buddwhyzr August 21 2014 at 3:51 PM

If an American bombed the Moscow marathon he would have been hung in Red Square LONG AGO..........(majorg1000)

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estela92 August 21 2014 at 3:56 PM

I HATE TO SAY IT BUT THEY SHOULD ALL RECEIVE THE SAME SENTANCE.......DEATH......THAT IS WHAT THEY HAD IN MIND WHEN THEY DID WHAT THEY DID.

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flysalot2 August 21 2014 at 3:56 PM

Little punk is no better than the terrorist brothers.

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almmj flysalot2 August 21 2014 at 4:47 PM

little Punk is probably not very bright....he should do ok in prison.

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ffeonxe flysalot2 August 21 2014 at 6:00 PM

...and no doubt knew very well what the plan was before it was carried out... They all had a hand in the evil deed., but fooled themselves into thinking that they devised the "perfect crime" that was foolproof. EVIL at its finest!

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dapalmlv August 21 2014 at 3:54 PM

Next that coward punk Tsarnaev gets his life in prison with no chance or parole then an imate inside will eventually get to him and finish him off because that always happens with bums like this guy! He killed a young boy and ruined so many people's lives and now this scum will pay with his own life. Just knowing that someone is waiting to get at him will make his life miserable everyday he does live. Death penalty is never the answer because they do not suffer enough and its all over too quick. This is the better way for this young punk to waste away locked up in a small cell. After a while he will welcome death because the strain of being locked up will destroy his sick mind!

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avatarexplorer August 21 2014 at 4:23 PM

they are terrorists and they need to be put away for life..when I saw how that young gentleman had both his legs totally destroyed by the explosion ..or those people that lost their life ..there is no mercy for those ruthless killers ..they deserve life without possibility of parole.

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rohrscheibcroh avatarexplorer August 21 2014 at 8:41 PM

just be sure they don't give him lethal injection heaven forbid that out come

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coopdabomb August 21 2014 at 4:01 PM

Let me know when he's in front of a firing squad.

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db1219 August 21 2014 at 4:05 PM

Fry the bastards!!!!

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