MOSCOW, December 20 (Sputnik) – Stephen Silva, a friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev accused of carrying out a deadly attack during 2013 Boston Marathon, pleaded guilty to owning a gun Tsarnaev allegedly later used to shoot a police officer, the Associated Press reports.
The weapon was allegedly used in the fatal shooting of Sean Collier, 26, a police officer for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Shapiro stated. Tsarnaev, 21, is accused of killing the officer during a citywide manhunt for him and his older brother Tamerlan. The siblings shot Collier "in the head at close range with a Ruger P95 9mm semiautomatic handgun" and tried to steal his service weapon, prosecutors claim, as quoted by the Boston Globe. The gun was recovered after a shootout in Watertown.
Silva, who went to high school with Tsarnaev, entered plea bargain with federal prosecutors on Friday. Under the court decision, details of the deal are sealed. The sentencing hearing will be held March 17, according to the Boston Herald.
The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is scheduled to begin on January 5. It remains unclear whether Silva will testify against Tsarnaev.