Two friends of Boston Marathon bomber sentenced to more than three years in prison

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BOSTON (June 5, 2015) — Two college friends of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were sentenced Friday.

Azamat Tazhayakov was given a 3 1/2-year sentence for impeding the investigation into the attack while authorities frantically searched for the bombers.

Robel Phillipos was sentenced was sentenced to three years in prison for lying to the FBI about being in Tsarnaev’s dorm room days after the 2013 attacks.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis wrote a letter of support for Phillipos and even testified at his trial.

The sentence given to Phillipos was the most lenient penalty imposed on Tsarnaev’s three college friends who went to his dorm room hours after the FBI publicly released photos of him and his brother as suspects in the attack.