BOSTON (AP) — Just hours before one of the Boston Marathon suspects and his brother allegedly gunned down a campus police officer, authorities say he exchanged a series of text messages with a friend who’d become suspicious after seeing what looked like a familiar face being flashed on television. Dias Kadyrbayev, a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, texted his college buddy Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, saying he looked like one of the bombing suspects.‘‘Tsarnaev’s return texts contained ‘lol’ and other things Kadyrbayev interpreted as jokes such as ‘you better not text me’ and ‘come to my room and take whatever you want,’’’ an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit. Tazhayakov also told authorities that during a meal about a month before the terror attacks, Tsarnaev informed him and Kadyrbayev ‘‘that he knew how to make a bomb.’’ If convicted, Kadyrbayev and Tazhayakov could get up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Phillipos faces a maximum of eight years behind bars and a $250,000 fine. The FBI said Kadyrbayev told authorities the three men then ‘‘collectively decided to throw the backpack and fireworks into the trash because they did not want Tsarnaev to get into trouble.’’Kadyrbayev said he placed the backpack and fireworks along with trash from the apartment into a large trash bag and threw it into a garbage bin near the men’s apartment, according to court papers.
I have a question. How is it possible that the maximum sentences for these kids is 5 and 8 years? That’s all you get for covering up a terrorist act nowadays? 5 to 8 in the slammer? Really? I mean if the FBI reports are correct these two jihadists knew Jahar was behind the bombings and then went and tried to destroy evidence. They didn’t call the cops. They didn’t report him. They tried to help him. Might as well have detonated the bomb in my book. This is a life in prison being used as a rag doll situation if you ask me.