Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts and has now been sentenced to death by lethal injection. The decision was declared unanimously today by a jury in Boston, who clearly rejected his lawyer’s argument that he was influenced and dragged into the plot by his older brother.
His attorneys focused from the very beginning on avoiding the death penalty, and instead tried to bring to the jury’s attention his childhood and the social environment he grew up in. However, out of the 30 counts of which Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was found guilty, 17 were punishable by the ultimate penalty – the death penalty. The most serious of the verdicts against him was guilty of using weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy or bombing a place of public use.
The Boston jury’s sentence of death was pronounced after the jury concluded that he caused the death of 8-year old Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Krystle Campbell. Tsarnaev was also held accountable for the murder of officer Sean Collier.
The death sentence today concludes a long and tension-filled trial of the man responsible for the April 15, 2013, bombing of the Boston Marathon. It is also a success for a prosecution to persuade a jury to declare the death sentence for a terrorist attack on U.S. soil, after 9/11. After the sentence was pronounced, Amnesty International said that it condemns the bombings of the Boston Marathon, but that the death sentence is not justice.
Sentenced to death by the jury today, Tsarnaev will formally receive the sentence somewhere in the summer from U.S. District Judge George O’Toole. After that, he will be sent to the U.S. Bureau of Prison’s death row in Terra Haute, Indiana. His legal team is expected to initiate the legal procedure for filing an appeal. The death sentence today makes the 21-year old Tsarnaev the youngest criminal on the federal death row.
By Lucky Graziano
NBC News – Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death in Boston Bombing Trial
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