Boston bombing trial: Death sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Three people were killed and 260 were injured when Tsarnaev, now 21, and his brother placed bombs at the finishing line of the Boston Marathon in 2013.

Tsarnaev is likely to be moved to a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, to await execution, but there could be years of appeals.

Victims sobbed as the sentence was read, but Tsarnaev showed no emotion.

“Now he will go away and we will be able to move on. Justice. In his own words, ‘an eye for an eye’,” said bombing victim Sydney Corcoran, who nearly bled to death and whose mother lost both legs.

After 14 hours of deliberations, the jury concluded that Tsarnaev showed no remorse and therefore should be put to death.

Massachusetts as a state ended the death penalty in 1984, but Tsarnaev was tried on federal charges, meaning he was eligible for execution as a sentence.

After the sentence was announced, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said: “The ultimate penalty is a fitting punishment for this horrific crime and we hope that the completion of this prosecution will bring some measure of closure to the victims and their families.”

The Associated Press news agency reached Tsarnaev’s father, Anzor Tsarnaev, by phone in the Russian region of Dagestan on Friday. He moaned after hearing the sentence and hung up.

During the trial, Tsarnaev’s defence team admitted that he had played a role in the attacks but said that his older brother, Tamerlan – shot dead by police in the subsequent manhunt – was the driving force.

Lawyers also highlighted his difficult early life. The Tsarnaevs – ethnic Chechens – had lived in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan and the volatile Dagestan region of Russia, near Chechnya. The family moved to the US in 2002.

But prosecutors argued that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was an equal partner in the attack, showing the jury a message he wrote on the boat where he was arrested.

“Stop killing our innocent people and we will stop,” it read.

Throughout the trial, the jurors heard grisly testimony from bombing survivors. They described seeing their legs blown off or watching someone next to them die.

At the start of the penalty phase, the prosecutors showed jurors a photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev raising his middle finger to a jail cell security camera months after his arrest.

“This is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – unconcerned, unrepentant and unchanged,” prosecutor Nadine Pellegrin said.


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