A friend of one of the Boston Marathon bombers has pleaded guilty to misleading investigators.
Khairullozhon Matanov (hy-ROO’-luh-zhahn MAH’-tuh-nahf) appeared Tuesday in federal court.
Judge William Young asked Matanov if he understood the agreement with prosecutors, which calls for a 30-month sentence. Matantov said he’s innocent but there are enough facts to convict him and he doesn’t want to face a possible 20 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for June.
Matanov was a close friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s (TAM’-ehr-luhn tsahr-NEYE’-ehvz) and an acquaintance of his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv). Prosecutors say Matanov deceived authorities about his relationship with Tamerlan after the April 2013 bombings. Tamerlan died after a gunfight with police.
Matanov was charged with lying and with deleting information from his computer.
His lawyer hasn’t said if he plans to testify in Dzhokhar’s trial.
SOURCE: The Associated Press