Man who loaned gun to Boston Marathon bomber faces sentencing

FILE - In this March 17, 2015, file photo, a Ruger pistol presented as evidence during the federal trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is displayed in a conference room at the federal courthouse in Boston. Stephen Silva testified that he loaned Tsarnaev a Ruger pistol in February 2013. Authorities said the gun was used to kill MIT police officer Sean Collier. Silva is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, on drug and gun charges. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
FILE - In this March 17, 2015, file photo, a Ruger pistol presented as evidence during the federal trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is displayed in a conference room at the federal courthouse in Boston. Stephen Silva testified that he loaned Tsarnaev a Ruger pistol in February 2013. Authorities said the gun was used to kill MIT police officer Sean Collier. Silva is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, on drug and gun charges. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

BOSTON (AP) — A man who loaned a gun used by the Boston Marathon bombers to kill a police officer is set to be sentenced on drug and gun charges.

Stephen Silva is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Silva testified during the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev he let Tsarnaev borrow a Ruger 9mm handgun two months before the bombings. He said Tsarnaev told him he wanted it to rob University of Rhode Island students. He also said Tsarnaev “kept coming up with excuses” for why he didn’t return it.

Prosecutors have said the gun was used by Tsarnaev and his brother to kill MIT police Officer Sean Collier days after the bombings.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were wounded in the 2013 bombings.

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