Two college friends of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect were arraigned Friday on charges from federal indictments accusing them of disposing of evidence.
Authorities say Robel Phillipos is facing up to 16 years in prison in connection with two federal criminal counts.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys reached a deal that allows Robel Phillipos to leave jail for home confinement with an electronic monitoring bracelet, after he posted $100,000 bond.
Robel Phillipos, 19, of Cambridge, faces a detention hearing Monday in U.S. District Court. Defense attorneys said in court documents filed Saturday that authorities’ claim that Phillipos gave them conflicting accounts is “refutable.”
Legal experts say it’s part of their quest not just to determine whether Russell and the friends are culpable but also to push for as much information as possible regarding whether the bombing suspects had ties to a terrorism network or accomplices working domestically or abroad.
A high school classmate of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tsarnaev’s friend, Robel Phillipos, who was arrested in connection with the bombing, says the entire situation is surreal.
If the US Attorney’s charges are true, three friends of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had a few crucial hours to help police track down the bombing suspects, and police officers say those hours could have saved a fellow officer’s life.
All three men charged Wednesday began attending UMass with Tsarnaev in 2011, according to the FBI.
UMass Dartmouth has suspended one student charged in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings and says the other two aren’t enrolled.
Three additional suspects were arrested Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombings investigation.