Man gets 6 months for gun used by Boston Marathon bombers

BOSTON (AP) " A Massachusetts man who at one time was in possession of the gun that the Boston Marathon bombers used to kill a police officer has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Merhawi Berhe (muhr-HAW'-ee burr-HEE'), of Cambridge, Massachusetts, also was ordered to serve two years of supervised release.

Berhe pleaded guilty in March to possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number. He was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Boston.

Prosecutors say 22-year-old Berhe gave the gun to another man, who later gave it to convicted marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv.)

Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan (TAM'-ehr-luhn), used the gun several days after the April 2013 finish line bombings to kill Massachusetts Institute of Technology officer Sean Collier in an attempt to steal his weapon.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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