Azamat Tazhayakov (L) posed with Dias Kadyrbayev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (R) in an undated photo taken in New York. REUTERS
“I don’t support an extremist. I don’t support any Muslim radicalism. It makes me sick what he did on April 15,” Azamat Tazhayakov said through tears as he was sentenced today to 42 months behind bars. “I hope you deem the time I served as appropriate punishment. Thank you for a fair trial.”
Tazhayakov, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s college friend, was sentenced today to three and a half years in prison for obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges. Tazhayakov was convicted last July after prosecutors said he and one other friend helped the marathon bombers by disposing of evidence.
Tazahayakov was accused of removing a backpack and laptop from Tsarnaev’s UMass Dartmouth dorm room when asked to in the days following the attacks. The bag contained fireworks and other evidence law enforcement needed, and was later recovered at a landfill.
He could have faced up to 25 years behind bars, but today the prosecution asked that he only receive four…