UPDATE: The three suspects have names, ages and more specific accusations now. They are all 19 and former classmates of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Two are from Kazakhstan, one is from Cambridge, MA. Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, both from Kazakhstan, were charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice by plotting to dispose of Dzhokhar's laptop and backpack, which contained fireworks, the US attorney’s office said in a statement. Robel Phillipos of Cambridge is charged with making false statements to law enforcement officials in a terrorism investigation, according to prosecutors.
All three appeared in court (in blue jeans) for sentencing. They were read their sentences, shackled and taken into custody.
Mr. Kadyrbayev and Mr. Tazhayakov are due back in court on May 14. They face a maximum of five years in prison and $250,000 in fines. Mr. Kadybayev's lawyer denied all charges, saying that his client handled the backpack, but had no idea it was involved in an act of terrorism.
What looked like a relatively simple case just got a lot more interesting.
Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case. Details to follow.— Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) May 1, 2013
Three friends of Dzhokhar "Jahar" Tsarnaev have been taken into custody by the Boston Police Department. Details are still coming out, but it seems they are being charged with helping Jahar evade arrest after the bombings. The Boston Globe is reporting that they are all college students (as was Jahar),
“Additional details will be provided when they become available,” police said in a statement. For now, all we know for sure is that they "helped" Jahar after the bombing.
The big question will be if they knew about the bombings ahead of time, or if Jahar only sought their help after the bombings occured. We will update this story as we get more details.