Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for his role in the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Closing arguments in the 21-year-old’s case were made Wednesday, and a jury came to the decision on Friday.
The Boston Bomber was 19 years old when he and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev planted explosive devices near the race’s finish line. Three people were killed and hundreds others were wounded in the attack. Tamerlan was killed in the ensuing manhunt, as well as a police officer.
Last month, Dzohkhar was convicted of all 30 charges filed against him, including four counts of murder. 17 of the charges carried the death penalty.
During the trial, dozens of witnesses — many of whom were maimed or mutilated in the bombing — testified.
The defense argued that Dzhokhar was brainwashed by Tamerlan and asked for clemency, while the prosecution argued that he was a terrorist who deserves the death penalty.
The family of the youngest fatality — 8-year-old Martin Richard — would prefer Dzohkhar spend life in jail. Jane Richard, Martin’s sister, lost a leg. Denise Richard, Martin’s mom, was partially blinded.
The family is releasing an essay today in the Boston Globe, which is excerpted below:
“The defendant murdered our 8-year-old son, maimed our 7-year-old daughter, and stole part of our soul. We know that the government has its reasons for seeking the death penalty, but the continued pursuit of that punishment could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives.
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