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Ailina Tsarnaev, Boston Marathon bombing suspect's sister, appears in court

Sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzohkhar Tsarnaev appears in Boston court on counterfeit-related charge.
Posted By Evan Bleier   |   Oct. 17, 2013 at 9:08 AM   |   Comments

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(UPI) -- Ailina Tsarnaeva, the sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzohkhar Tsarnaev, appeared in court on unrelated charges having to do with the use of counterfeit money.

Tsarnaeva’s court appearance on Wednesday was to remove a default warrant from her record. She acquired the default by failing to appear at a 2011 court hearing after being charged in 2010 with willfully misleading the police.

Dzokhar could be facing the death penalty for allegedly perpetrating the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing that killed three and injured more than 200 people. Tamerlan was killed by police in a shootout after he and his brother allegedly killed an MIT police officer in the days after the bombing.

The alleged bombers' 23-year-old sister was allegedly involved in an incident where a counterfeit bill was passed at a Boston Applebee’s. Prosecutors allege she knew members of the group that used the bill, but lied to investigators.

Judge Michael C. Bolden released Tsarnaeva, who now lives in New Jersey, on $1,500 personal recognizance. She could face up to 2.5 years in prison if convicted.

On her way out of court, Tsarnaeva did not answer questions about her brothers. "We have no comment," said her attorney George Gormley.

In April, Tsarnaeva said she wasn’t sure the accusations against her brothers were true. “The cops took (Tamerlan's) life away just the same way he took others' lives away, if that's even true," she said. "At the end of the day, no one knows the truth."

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