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US court makes first conviction in Boston attacks

Published on Jul 22, 2014 2:40 AM

BOSTON (AFP) - A US jury on Monday returned the first conviction over the 2013 Boston Marathon attacks, finding a university friend of the prime suspect guilty of obstructing the investigation into the bombings.

Azamat Tazhayakov, 20, was found guilty of taking a backpack from alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room but not a laptop, which was tossed in a dumpster and took two days to recover.

He will be sentenced on October 16.

Legal experts said Tazhayakov, who is from Kazakhstan, would serve prison time in the United States and then be deported.

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