#AceNewsServices – October 28 – Following an eight-day trial, the jury convicted a college friend of alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, for making false statements to investigators assigned to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
The jury found Robel Phillipos, 21, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, guilty of making false statements during the terrorism investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 20, 2013, and April 25, 2013. U.S. District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock scheduled sentencing for Jan. 29, 2015.
“In the wake of one of the most significant events in this City’s modern history – an event which left two young women and a child dead, and many more injured – thousands of ordinary citizens assisted law enforcement in identifying and locating the perpetrators,” said U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz for the District of Massachusetts.
“Today, a federal jury concluded that Robel Phillipos did just the opposite.
He lied to agents when he could have helped.
He concealed when he could have assisted. It is a crime to lie to law enforcement agents, and that is why Robel Phillipos was charged and why the jury found him guilty today.
But this case also reminds us that our public safety network relies on every citizen in the Commonwealth.
We look to all of our citizens – our neighbors, our friends, our colleagues, even strangers whom we have never met before – to assist law enforcement in detecting, preventing, and solving crimes.
Mr. Phillipos made a choice: a choice to lie instead of tell the truth. With its verdict today, the jury got it exactly right.”