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Friend of Boston Marathon bomber pleads guilty to lying to FBI investigators

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BOSTON — A friend of one of the Boston Marathon bombers has pleaded guilty to misleading investigators.

Khairullozhon Matanov (hy-ROO'-luh-zhahn MAH'-tuh-nahf) appeared Tuesday in federal court.

PHOTO: FILE - In this May 30, 2014 file courtroom sketch, Khairullozhon Matanov, right, stands with attorney Paul Glickman in federal court in Boston, facing obstruction of justice charges in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings. Matanov is scheduled to appear Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in federal court in Boston for a change of plea hearing. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)
FILE - In this May 30, 2014 file courtroom sketch, Khairullozhon Matanov, right, stands with attorney Paul Glickman in federal court in Boston, facing obstruction of justice charges in the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings. Matanov is scheduled to appear Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in federal court in Boston for a change of plea hearing. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)

Judge William Young asked Matanov if he understood the agreement with prosecutors, which calls for a 30-month sentence. Matantov said he's innocent but there are enough facts to convict him and he doesn't want to face a possible 20 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for June.

Matanov was a close friend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev's (TAM'-ehr-luhn tsahr-NEYE'-ehvz) and an acquaintance of his brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv). Prosecutors say Matanov deceived authorities about his relationship with Tamerlan after the April 2013 bombings. Tamerlan died after a gunfight with police.

Matanov was charged with lying and with deleting information from his computer.

His lawyer hasn't said if he plans to testify in Dzhokhar's trial.

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