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Retired Trooper Who Released Tsarnaev Photos Will Run Boston Marathon

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Sean Murphy (WBZ-TV photo)

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BOSTON (CBS) – Former State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy will run in the Boston Marathon next year.

Murphy submitted an essay to the Boston Athletic Association, hoping to get one of the invitational entries this year set aside for those most impacted by the bombings. His request was accepted on Wednesday.

Murphy retired from the State Police after he was disciplined for releasing photos he’d taken of marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  The photos showed Tsarnaev bloody and surrendering in a Watertown Backyard.

Murphy says he released the photos to Boston Magazine without his boss’s permission in response to Rolling Stone’s decision to feature Tsarnaev on its cover.

Murphy has received support from all around the world. “There must be a hundred letters and cards,” he told WBZ-TV’s Bobby Sisk. “My life has changed ever since, for better or worse.”

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