Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death

The Guardian reports…

Jury votes unanimously to send Tsarnaev to death for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing, which left three dead and more than 260 injured.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for his role in the 2013 bomb attack on the Boston Marathon – an attack that killed three people, left more than 260 wounded and stunned the country.

In April, the same jury at a federal court in Boston found Tsarnaev guilty on 30 charges relating to the attack.

Seventeen of those counts carried a possible death sentence, and despite hearing mitigating evidence from family members – and others such as Sister Helen Prejean, a Catholic nun who opposes the death penalty – the jury voted unanimously to send 21-year-old Tsarnaev to his death.

Tsarnaev will remain in the custody of the US marshals service until the sentencing hearing, at which he will have – if he so chooses – the opportunity to speak. That date has not been set yet, but he will not be handed over to the department of corrections until then.

Outside the courthouse on Friday, US attorney Carmen Ortiz thanked the jury, the prosecutors, and her law enforcement team, and said that the decision “shows that even the worst of the worst deserve a fair trial”.

Read the entire story at The Guardian.

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