State briefs: Marathon bomber’s friend to be freed from prison

Monday, February 26, 2018
Marathon bomber’s friend to be freed from prison

BOSTON — The second of three college buddies convicted for their roles in covering up for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is getting out of prison.

The Boston Herald reports that 24-year-old Robel Phillipos is scheduled to be released Monday from a residential re-entry management program. A Philadelphia-based spokesman for the re-entry program says he can’t disclose where Phillipos had been held.

Phillipos was convicted in 2015 of lying to authorities investigating the 2013 bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260.

Phillipos must still serve three years of probation.

Police arrest 2 in connection with stolen chickens

SEEKONK — Police have stopped two people suspected of engaging in fowl behavior.

Seekonk Police say an officer on patrol noticed a suspicious vehicle parked near a farm around 1 a.m. Sunday. Further investigation revealed feathers strewn along the back seat of the car and a backpack that appeared to be moving on its own.

Police say the officer opened the backpack to discover seven chickens inside.

The car’s male driver and female passenger have been arrested on charges of larceny and animal cruelty. Police say they received reports of several chickens and ducks stolen from farms in the area before Sunday’s arrest.

Police say the chickens found in the backpack were unharmed and have been returned to their owner.