Plea change likely in gun case linked to marathon

BY foxsports • December 15, 2014

BOSTON (AP) A man charged with possessing a gun authorities believe the Boston Marathon bombing suspects used to kill a university police officer is expected to change his plea in court this week.

Cambridge resident Stephen Silva pleaded not guilty after he was charged in July with possession of a handgun with an obliterated serial number and heroin trafficking.

An electronic notice filed Monday says a change-of-plea hearing is scheduled Friday in U.S. District Court.

Silva's lawyer hasn't returned a call seeking comment.

Silva was a friend of marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv). His lawyer confirmed earlier the handgun is the one authorities believe Tsarnaev and his brother used to kill a Massachusetts Institute of Technology officer days after the deadly 2013 bombings.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty. His brother died after a shootout with police.

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