Dias Kadyrbayev, left, poses with the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in this undated photo.
A college friend of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was released from prison Wednesday after completing his sentence for trying to stymie the FBI investigation of the two blasts that killed three people and wounded 260 others during the 2013 race.
A spokesman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that Dias Kadyrbayev was transferred into their custody ahead of his “immediate removal” to his native Kazakhstan.
Kadyrbayev, now 24, pleaded guilty in 2014 to obstruction of justice and conspiracy for removing items from Tsarnaev’s dorm room after recognizing his friend in photos released by the FBI three days after the bombing.
Prosecutors said Kadyrbayev sms Tsarnaev hours after the FBI identified Dzhokhar and his older brother Tamerlan as suspects in the bombing on April 18, 2013 — but not alert the authorities. They added that Kadyrbayev’s not to do so has led to even more violence, including the murder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier.
Azamat Tazhayakov, left, Kadyrbayev, center, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are seen in this undated photo. Tazhavakov was convicted for obstructing justice in the bombing investigation.
During the exchange of messages, Tsarnaev asked Kadrbayev to go to his dorm room at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and “take what’s there.” The researchers said Kadyrbayev and another man removed Tsarnaev’s computer and a backpack containing fireworks that was partially stripped of their explosive powder.
Federal agents found Tsarnaev’s backpack in a landfill two days after.
About two hours later, the brothers killed Officer Collier as they tried to flee Boston. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died early in the morning, April 19, after a shootout with police in the suburb of Watertown. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured in the afternoon.
At his sentencing in June 2015, Kadyrbayev said that he had acted “stupidly” and he had no explanation for it.
Weeks after Kadyrbayev was convicted, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got the death penalty for his role in the bombing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.