Robel Phillipos, Friend of Boston Marathon Bomber, Found Guilty of Lying to the FBI

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Robel Phillipos, center, a college friend of Boston Marathon?bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, departs federal court with defense attorney Derege Demissie, right, following jury deliberations in his trial, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014, in Boston. Phillipos is accused of lying about being in Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the deadly bombing, when two other friends removed a backpack containing fireworks and other potential evidence. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Photo: Steven Senne/AP/Corbis

A jury has found Robel Phillipos, the college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, guilty of two counts of lying to investigators after he claimed he did not visit Tsarnaev’s dorm room. Phillipos was in fact present at the dorm room when some of Tsarnaev’s friends removed a backpack containing fireworks after finding out he was involved in the Boston bombing. Phillipos awaits sentencing, but each count carries a maximum penalty of eight years in prison.