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Jury finds Tsarnaev's friend guilty

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After six days of deliberating, jurors in the federal trial of Robel Phillipos, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, found him guilty Tuesday morning.

Phillipos was found guilty of lying to the FBI about being in Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the deadly bombing, when two other friends removed a backpack containing fireworks and other potential evidence.

Phillipos' lawyers say he couldn't clearly remember what happened because he had smoked marijuana heavily that day.

Jurors began deliberations Oct. 21 and have spent more than 33 hours deliberating.

Two bombs that exploded near the marathon finish line in April 2013 killed three people.

Tsarnaev is awaiting trial on 30 federal charges and could face the death penalty if convicted. He has pleaded not guilty.

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