A college friend of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to plead guilty in the US District Court in Boston on Thursday, CNN reported. The friend is charged with removing a backpack and computer from Tsarnaev's dorm room.
Dias Kadyrbayev had allegedly obtained Tsarnaev's possessions after the latter texted him telling him to do so shortly after the bombings. Kadyrbayev's lawyer, Robert Stahl, told CNN that Kadyrbayev would change his plea and add more after the hearing. From CNN:
Kadyrbayev is charged with four counts including obstructing justice and conspiracy for allegedly throwing Tsarnaev's backpack into a dumpster after discovering it contained fireworks with gunpowder, and removing a jar of Vaseline and a computer thumb drive. The backpack was later recovered at a landfill by investigators.
Kadrybayev, a Kazakh national, also allegedly took Tsarnaev's computer to his off-campus apartment, where the FBI later seized it.
According to The Boston Globe, changing the plea could mean a lighter sentence for Kadyrbayev.
Kadyrbayev is not the only alleged accomplice to Tsarnaev. His roommate, Azamat Tazhayakov was also charged with obstruction and was convicted, but has filed an appeal. His sentencing is set for October, during which he faces up to 25 years in prison. Another friend, Robel Phillipos, faces charges for lying to investigators about his whereabouts when the items were allegedly removed from Tsarnaev's room, and will head to trial Sept. 29.
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