Tsarnaev friend to be sentenced for misleading investigators

Khairullozhon Matanov was a friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev

BOSTON (AP) — A friend who had dinner with the Boston Marathon bombers hours after the attack is to be sentenced this week for misleading investigators.

Khairullozhon Matanov was a friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and an acquaintance of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He pleaded guilty in March to misleading the FBI after the deadly 2013 bombings by deleting his computer files and failing to disclose contact he had with the brothers.

Matanov, a native of Kyrgyzstan, worked as a cab driver and lived in Quincy, Massachusetts. He wasn’t accused of knowing about the bombings ahead of time or participating in the attack.

Matanov is to be sentenced Thursday in Boston to 2 1/2 years in prison.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a police search after the bombings; His brother was convicted and sentenced to death.

Copyright 2015 Associated Press

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