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Man who loaned gun to Boston Marathon bomber to be sentenced

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    A Ruger pistol presented as evidence during the federal trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is displayed in a conference room at the federal courthouse in Boston. Stephen Silva testified that he loaned Tsarnaev a Ruger pistol in February 2013. Authorities said the gun was used to kill MIT police officer Sean Collier. Silva is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, on drug and gun charges.

BOSTON (AP) — A man who loaned a gun used by the Boston Marathon bombers to kill a police officer is set to be sentenced on drug and gun charges.

Stephen (STEF’-ihn) Silva is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Silva testified during the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) he let Tsarnaev borrow a Ruger 9mm handgun two months before the bombings. He said Tsarnaev told him he wanted it to rob University of Rhode Island students. He also said Tsarnaev “kept coming up with excuses” for why he didn’t return it.

Prosecutors have said the gun was used by Tsarnaev and his brother to kill MIT police Officer Sean Collier days after the bombings.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were wounded in the 2013 bombings.

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  • Moral: Never loan a weapon to anyone…. Somehow it turns out that you could end up as the fall guy like Silva. Another, never buy a weapon for anyone… Like this nutty in the recent San Bernardino massacre.

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