Bombing Suspect Friend Pleads For Release On Bail
College friend of Boston Marathon bombing susupect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is pleading with federal judges to be released from jail. Lawyers on behalf of 19-year-old Robel Phillipos said he has nothing to do with the deadly bombings and is not a flight risk according to the Associated Press.
Phillipos was charged last week of lying to federal investigators about visiting Tsarnaev’s dorm room three days after the bombing occurred. Two other friends were arrested last week as well, charged with conspiring to obstruct justice by taking a backpack with fireworks and a laptop from Tsarnaev’s dorm room after the bombing.
According to the Associated Press, Lawyers for Phillipos said:
“By sheer coincidence and bad luck, he was invited to attend a seminar on campus on April 18,” the night the three allegedly went to Tsarnaev’s dorm room, according to the documents. “As such, he did not have much to offer the authorities regarding the investigation of the suspect.”
If convicted, Phillipos could face up to eight years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
The other two suspects being held Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev have waived their right to a bail hearing.
Last year, Phillipos posted a YouTube video for a school project describing his character as an “average guy.”