The U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts has charged three men in connection with the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 200. The release says:
Dias Kadyrbayev, 19, and Azamat Tazhayakov, 19, both of New Bedford were charged in a criminal complaint with conspiracy to obstruct justice by conspiring to destroy, conceal and cover up tangible objects belonging to suspected Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, namely a laptop computer and backpack containing fireworks. A third man, Robel Phillipos, 19, of Cambridge, was charged with willfully making materially false statements to federal law enforcement officials during a terrorism investigation. According to the affidavit accompanying the complaint, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov are both nationals of Kazakhstan who entered the United States on student visas. Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and $250,000 fine. Phillipos faces a maximum sentence of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged with use of a weapon of mass destruction, and destruction of property with use of an explosive, resulting in death. His older brother Tamerlan died attempting to avoid capture.