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Boston Marathon Bomber's Friend Withdraws Appeal



    Boston Marathon Bomber's Friend Withdraws Appeal
    FILE - In this May 13, 2014 file courtroom sketch, defendant Azamat Tazhayakov, a college friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, sits during a hearing in federal court in Boston. His federal trial is set to begin Monday, July 7, 2014 in Boston on obstruction of justice charges. Tazhayakov, of Kazakhstan, is accused with another friend of removing items from Tsarnaev's dorm room, but is not charged with participating in the bombing or knowing about it in advance. (AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins, File)

    Azamat Tazhayakov, one of the convicted friends of the Boston Marathon bomber, withdrew his appeal Thursday, according to court documents.

    Tazhayakov was sentenced early last month to three and a half years in federal prison for covering up evidence in the April 2013 terror investigation.

    Prosecutors say Tazhayakov took evidence, including a backpack, fireworks and a laptop, out of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and disposed of it as authorities released images of Tsarnaev and his now-deceased brother, Tamerlan.

    Tsarnaev was formally sentenced to death last week for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.