Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Guilty on 30 Counts

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the terrorists who was guilty of setting off the pressure cooker bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon, has been charged guilty in all 30 counts in a Boston court on April 8, 2015. Tsarnaev also may face the death penalty. During the attack on the Boston Marathon, two pressure cooker bombs were detonated near the ending of the race that killed three people and injured over 264 more. The defendant in the trial was caught a few days later. His brother Tamerlan was killed by law enforcement officers after he was cornered after being chased.

Count One: The act of engaging to conspire to use a weapon of mass destruction in relation to the plotting of the Boston Marathon attack. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed afterwards by law enforcement officers, also conspired with the defendant.

Count Two: The use of a weapon of mass destruction. This was a detonation of the first pressure cooker bomb set off during the 2013 Boston Marathon. The bomb was detonated near 671 Boylston Street.

Count Three: Tsarnaev was charged with the carrying of a firearm. This is in relation to the firearm, the pressure cooker bomb, which was used in the crimes committed.

Count Four: The use of a weapon of mass destruction. This was Tsarnaev’s use of the second pressure cooker bomb during the marathon. The second bomb was detonated near 755 Boylston Street, near the end of the marathon.

Count Five: Tsnarnaev was charged again in the carrying of a firearm in a crime. This was the charge related to the aforementioned second bomb that was detonated.

Count Six: Conspiracy to engage in the act of bombing a place of common use. This was in regards to count two.

Count Seven: Use of a pressure cooker bomb. This was the charge in relation to count number two for the detonation near 671 Boylston Street.

Count Eight: The act of using and carrying a firearm in the bombing of a public area. This is in relation to Tsarnaev’s use of the bomb during the marathon.

Count Nine: An additional use of a pressure cooker bomb. This is in regards to count four for the detonation of the bomb near 755 Boylston Street.

Count Ten: The defendant carried and used a firearm. This was Tsarnaev’s use of the second of a bomb in an open area.

Count Eleven: The conspiracy to destroy property with malicious intent. Tsarnaev use both pressure cooker bombs with intent to destroy the areas around the end of the Boston Marathon.

Count Twelve: The devastation of property with malicious intent with the use of a bomb. This was in relation to the first bomb detonated near 671 Boylston Street.

Count Thirteen: Tsarnaev’s use and carrying of a firearm during a violent crime. This was the act of using the first pressure cooker bomb, regarding count number three.

Count Fourteen: An additional count of the destruction of property with malicious intent by use of a bomb. This was the detonation of the second bomb.

Count Fifteen: The act of carrying or using a firearm during a crime of a violent nature. This is in relation to the use of the second pressure cooker bomb.

Count Sixteen: The defendant was charged with the carrying and use of a gun. Tsarnaev was carrying a Ruger P95 9mm semiautomatic handgun during the crimes and violent acts carried out during the Boston Marathon bombing. This is in relation to count number one.

Count Seventeen: An additional count of Tsarnaev using and carrying a gun. This was the same handgun listed in count sixteen and related to the crime committed in count number six.

Count Eighteen: Tsarnaev was charged once more for using and carrying a gun in relation to a violent crime. This was the same handgun used that was listed in count sixteen and the violent crime listed in count eleven.

Count Nineteen: Engaging in carjacking, as well as aiding and abetting. This was for the defendant’s committing of stealing a car to evade law enforcement officers after the bombings of the Boston Marathon.

Count Twenty: The defendant carried and used a gun. This was also in relation with the handgun used in a violent crime. This is also in relation to count number nineteen.

Count Twenty-One: Obstruction with conversation by violence and threats. This is in regards to the crimes committed on April 18, 2013.

Count Twenty-Two: In relation to count number twenty-one, the defendant was charged with the carrying and use of a gun during a violent crime. The weapon was the aforementioned handgun from count number sixteen.

Count Twenty-Three: Engaging to the attempt to use a weapon of mass destruction. This is in relation to the use of a third pressure cooker bomb that was detonated in Waterton on April 19, 2013, near the intersection of Laurel Street and Dexter Avenue.

Count Twenty-Four: Tsarnaev was charged again with carrying and using a gun. This is in relation to count twenty-three on the day after the bombing of the Boston Marathon.

Count Twenty-Five: The use of a weapon of mass destruction. This was Tsarnaev’s use of a pipe bomb used in Waterton. .

Count Twenty-Six: The defendant was charged with the carrying and use of a firearm during a violent crime. This was Tsnaraev’s use of the handgun and the pipe bomb, in relation to count twenty-five.

Count Twenty-Seven: An additional count of the use of a weapon of mass destruction. This was the use of a second pipe bomb in Waterton.

Count Twenty-Eight: Tsarnaev’s use and carrying of a firearm in relation to crime with violent intentions and acts. This was in regards to count number twenty-five.

Count Twenty-Nine: The use of a weapon of mass destruction. This was Tsarnaev’s use of a third pipe bomb in Waterton.

Count Thirty: The defendant’s carrying and using  a gun during a violent crime. This was the use of the aforesaid handgun and pipe bomb in relation to count number twenty-nine.

A family of one of the people killed during the bombing stated that although the guilty verdicts cannot bring her son, Sean, back from the grave, she is thankful that Tsarnaev will be held undeniably accountable for the crimes he committed and the horror he brought to so many families. Numerous families of the injured and the deceased expressed their gratitude to the jurors and the judge that handed down all 30 guilty verdicts to the terrorist.

During both opening statements, which occurred in March, Tsarnaev’s attorneys acknowledged that the defendant took part in all the crimes that were committed. Though, they were seeking to place all the criminal blame in the hands of his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed a few days after the bombings took place. They stated that Tamerlan was the one who took it upon himself to radicalize his younger brother, causing him to carry out the gruesome attacks.

Currently, Tsnarnaev’s lawyers hope to drive for that theory as they attempt to save him from facing the death penalty in the sentencing phase of the trial. Though, this stage of the trial may take a few weeks or months to start. If the jurors do not unanimously vote to give him the death penalty, Tsnaraev will face life without parole.

By Alex Lemieux

Sources:

Fox Boston

Boston Globe

ABC News

Photo by Steve Conger – Flickr License

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