- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - 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.

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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