Man fined for missing end of jury selection in bombing trial

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Posted: May 01, 2015 4:32 PM

BOSTON (AP) — A man who skipped the final stages of jury selection in the Boston Marathon bombing trial has been fined $400 and sentenced to 40 hours of community service.

A federal judge imposed the sanction Thursday against Jose Gutierrez of Lawrence.

Judge William Young found that Gutierrez intentionally violated his obligation to serve as a juror by skipping jury service March 3 so he could go to work. Gutierrez had made it through the initial rounds of jury duty.

The judge cited more than 1,300 other prospective jurors who complied with their obligation to appear in court for the trial of bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv). The judge told Gutierrez he should be "ashamed" of his decision.

Gutierrez could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.