Don’t let the fact that you should care more about Boston than this pond scum stop ya, Governor!
Via Associated Press:
Two college friends of marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were sentenced Friday to prison after one tearfully apologized to the residents of Boston for impeding the investigation and the other had a show of support from former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.
Azamat Tazhayakov, 21, was sentenced to 3½ years for impeding the investigation into the attack while authorities frantically searched for the bombers. He was convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice for agreeing with another friend to remove Tsarnaev’s backpack from his dorm room at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. The backpack contained fireworks that had been emptied of their explosive powder.
Later Friday, Robel Phillipos was given a three-year sentence for lying to the FBI about being in Tsarnaev’s dorm room days after the bombings. The judge said Phillipos was to blame for a “substantial diversion” of law enforcement resources.
“There’s a price to be paid for the failure of responsibility,” Judge Douglas Woodlock said.
Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of a little more than five years in prison. Phillipos’ lawyers had asked for two years of home confinement. The sentence ultimately given to Phillipos was the most lenient penalty imposed on the three friends who were charged.
Dukakis, a friend of Phillipos’ family and the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee, wrote a letter of support for him and even testified during his trial.
In his letter to the judge, Dukakis wrote that he “can’t understand why justice would be served by incarcerating him.”
Phillipos was accused of telling nine lies to the FBI but was acquitted of four of them. The jury rejected the government’s claim that he lied when he said he did not see anyone take Tsarnaev’s backpack and did not see any fireworks.