Tsarnaev associate receives prison sentence for obstruction of investigation – report
MOSCOW, June 19 (RAPSI) - Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s friend and associate Khairullozhon Matanov has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for misleading FBI agents about his contacts to Tsarnaev brothers, Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Thursday.
According to WSJ, after completing his 30-month prison sentence, Matanov will be on supervised release for 36 months.
Matanov pleaded guilty in March to misinforming authorities of his contact with the Tsarnaevs that happened shortly after Boston Marathon bombings. According to Associated Press, Matanov had a dinner with bombers several hours after the attack.
On the afternoon of April 15, 2013, two explosions occurred near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. IEDs devised from pressure cookers, low explosive powder, shrapnel, adhesive, and other materials were hidden in backpacks that were then placed near metal barricades in areas packed with hundreds of spectators.
Tsarnaev was arrested following a dramatic manhunt during which his brother and co-suspect Tamerlan was killed, as was MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. Tsarnaev was charged on April 21 with the use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of property resulting in death.
Tsarnaev was found guilty on all charges on April 8, 2015 and was sentenced to death on May 15.