The convicted Boston Marathon bomber will be put on a list for lethal injection

By Steve Helling
May 15, 2015 03:30 PM
FBI

After about 15 hours of deliberation, a Massachusetts jury has sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing. The 12-member jury was generally unanimous on multiple issues, including Tsarnaev’s lack of remorse and his intent to kill.

It was the final stage in the trial of the 21-year-old Tsarnaev, who was convicted of 30 federal counts last month.

The courtroom was packed with victims, family members and federal marshals. While the sentence was read, Tsarnaev looked down at his hand and showed little emotion.

Tsarnaev’s guilt was never really in question. From the beginning, the defense admitted that Tsarnaev was involved in the bombing that killed 3 people and injured more than 250 others.

“It was him,” defense attorney Judy Clarke bluntly told jurors during opening statements.

But throughout the trial, Clarke tried to convince jurors that Dzhokhar’s older brother Tamerlan was the mastermind behind the bombing and that Dzhokhar had just followed along.

Prosecutors countered that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a willing and equal partner with his brother and that he had become a radicalized Muslim.

The jury delivered the verdict, but the formal sentencing will be done by the judge. Then, Tsarnaev will sent to federal prison. He will be added to a waiting list for lethal injection.

He is legally permitted to appeal the decision.

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