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Friend of Boston Marathon bomber to be released from prison

Associated Press February 26, 2018

The second of three college buddies convicted for their roles in covering up for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is getting out of prison.

The Boston Herald reports that 24-year-old Robel Phillipos is scheduled to be released Monday from a residential re-entry management program in Philadelphia.


Phillipos was convicted in 2015 of lying to authorities investigating the 2013 bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260.

Phillipos went to Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth with Tsarnaev.

In this Oct. 28, 2014, photo, Robel Phillipos, center, leaves federal court with defense attorney Derege Demissie, right, after he was convicted in Boston on two counts of lying about being in the dorm room of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev three days after the bombing in 2013. (Stephan Savoia / Associated Press)

A federal appeals court last year rejected Phillipos' bid to overturn his conviction. He had argued statements he made to FBI investigators were coerced. The U.S. Supreme Court last month refused to take the case.

Phillipos must still serve three years of probation.


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