Three Men Arrested in Connection to Boston Bombing

Three Men Arrested in Connection to Boston Bombing

Disa Kadyrbayev, Azamat Tazhayakov, Dzhokhar TsarneavDias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov have been arrested and charged with conspiracy for helping Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the boston bombing. According to boston.com, the two men, both 19, disposed of a laptop  and a backpack that contained empty fireworks that were used by Tsarnaev in the bombing. Robel Phillipos, also 19, is charged with giving false statements to law enforcement during the investigation.

NBC News reported that each of the men were friends of Tsarnaev and were all taken into custody today. Phone records showed that Kadyrbayev had texted Tsarnaev after the bombing and has also taken the backpack with the empty fireworks to throw away because he didn’t want to raise any suspicion from his current college roommate. According to one lawyer, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov were completely shocked by the bombing and have fully cooperated.

If convicted, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face a maximum of five years in prison and $250,000 in fines. Phillipos may receive an 8-year sentence and a $250,000 fine. All three waived their rights to a bail hearing and will be in court on May 14.

After reading some of the information about what these guys did to help someone who was responsible for the Boston bombing, I felt sick to my stomach. Maybe they really were completely clueless, but I feel that they had to have some suspicions on what was going to happen.

What do you think? Do you feel that these three men should face maximum penalties for the roles that they played? Even after they knew Tsarnaev was a suspect in the bombing, they still covered up for him. I don’t understand how they could do that, especially after seeing all of those killed and injured. Do you think the maximum sentences they face is enough, or do you feel that should be sentenced to more?

Sources: NBC News and Boston.com

Posted by Lindsay Page on May 01, 2013


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