Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 7, 2013

Search drags on for burial spot for bomb suspect

(Continued)

A friend, Robel Phillipos, was released on $100,000 bond Monday while he awaits trial for allegedly lying to federal investigators probing the April 15 bombings.

Phillipos, 19, a student at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with Tsarnaev, was charged last week with lying to investigators about visiting Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the bombings. He faces up to eight years in prison if convicted.

"We are confident that in the end we will be able to clear his name," defense attorney Derege Demissie said.

Phillipos' friends and family packed the court Monday to support him. Two other friends from UMass Dartmouth have been charged with conspiring to obstruct justice by taking a backpack with fireworks and a laptop from Tsarnaev's dorm room. They remain jailed.

Also Monday, bombing victims and their families met with the administrator of the One Fund Boston charity, which has already taken in more than $28 million in donations to help those injured in the bombing. A second meeting is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Kenneth Feinberg said the families of those who lost loved ones and people with double amputations or permanent brain damage would receive the highest payments.

Victims with one limb amputated will be the next highest priority, followed by those who were hospitalized for one or more nights with injuries.

"Money is a pretty poor substitute for what you are going through," Feinberg told those at the meeting.

Feinberg said he deliberately did not set specific dollar amounts for specific types of injuries because there isn't yet an official tally of the injuries and the fund could grow. But he did say the families of those killed or those who had limbs amputated could receive up to $1 million or more.

Compensation for those who were injured but not hospitalized, or those who suffered mental trauma, is still an open question, as is compensation for business owners who had to shut their doors for days during the investigation.

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