Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, was convicted Monday of helping cover up the crime, according to multiple media reports.
A federal jury found Tazhayakov guilty of obstruction of justice and conspiracy by hindering the investigation into Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a friend and fellow student at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.
Prosecutors said that after Tazhayakov and another friend, Dias Kadyrbayev, determined that Tsarnaev was a suspect in the bombing, they threw out a backpack and removed a laptop from Tsarnaev's dorm room. Lawyers for Tazhayakov argued that Kadyrbayev had removed the items; prosecutors said Tazhayakov went along with the plan.
Tazhayakov was convicted of involvement with the backpack, but not the laptop.
Tazhayakov, who could face more than 20 years in prison, was the first of four friends of the Tsarnaev brothers to face trial stemming from the April 2013 bombing. Kadyrbayev faces trial in September.