Inside the Courtroom Where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Was Sentenced to Death
The convicted terrorist stood quietly as the verdict was read
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stood quietly in a Boston courtroom, fidgeting nervously. He cracked his knuckles repeatedly.
The jury of seven women and five men filed into the courtroom; they did not look at the man whom they had previously convicted of 30 federal counts for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing.
The courtroom was packed with victims and family members. Bill Richard, the father of slain 8-year-old Martin, used a headset to listen to the verdict, because his hearing was damaged in the blast. The Richard family has publicly opposed the death penalty for Tsarnaev.
Dressed in a dark blazer and light-colored shirt, Tsarnaev stood quietly as the sentence was handed down. Among other things, the jury unanimously decided that he had shown no remorse for the killings. They also agreed that he had acted in a “heinous, cruel and depraved manner.”
Two jurors agreed with the defense that Dzhokhar’s older brother, Tamerlan, was the mastermind behind the bombing and that Dzhokhar had just followed along.
But in the end, that wasn’t enough to spare Tsarnaev’s life. He will be remanded to a maximum security federal prison in Indiana, where he will stay until he is put to death by lethal injection.
His lawyers are expected to appeal the sentence.
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