Friday, May 15, 2015

Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced to Death

Afte 14 hours of deliberations, the jury has sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death by lethal injection. Dzhokhar was convicted last month of all 30 federal charges against him, 17 of which carried the possibility of the death penalty. Of the 17 death penalty-eligible charges he was convicted of, the jury sentenced him to death on 6 counts. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when two pressure-cooker bombs packed with shrapnel exploded near the marathon finish line April 15, 2013. The jury has been reviewing a 24-page verdict sheet since late Wednesday afternoon, and spent all of Thursday deliberating. In closing arguments this week, prosecutors depicted the 21-year-old as a remorseless terrorist who participated in the April 2013 bombing to make a political statement. Defense attorneys portrayed Dzhokhar as the troubled follower of an older brother who brainwashed him into joining a violent plan.

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