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Jury sentences Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death

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BOSTON — Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev have sentenced him to death by lethal injection for the 2013 terror attack.

Tsarnaev was dressed in a dark blazer and light shirt. U.S. marshals are stationed around the courtroom. Reporters in the courtroom say he showed no emotion when the sentence was read. His head was down slightly and his hands were folded in front of him as the death sentence was handed down Friday.

The defense asked that the jury be polled, and each confirmed that the verdict represented his or her decision. The sentence came down exactly 25 months after the April 15, 2013, bombings.

The jury found that Tsarnaev was responsible for the deaths of all four victims. They also found he showed a lack of remorse.  These are factors that contribute to their decision. Only three jurors found that Tsarnaev was acting under the influence of his older brother.

Jurors deliberated about 14.5 hours since Wednesday.

The jury weighed mitigating factors that Tsarnaev’s lawyers say support their argument for life in prison against any aggravating factors that prosecutors say support their call for the death penalty.

Seventeen of the 30 charges Tsarnaev was convicted of carried the possibility of the death penalty.

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. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was killed days later.

You can find complete coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing here.

Last month, the same jury found Tsarnaev guilty of all 30 federal counts against him. Here are the charges:

  • Conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death.
  • Use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death; aiding and abetting (two counts.)
  • Possession and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence resulting in death; aiding and abetting (nine counts.)
  • Conspiracy to bomb a place of public use resulting in death.
  • Bombing of a place of public use resulting in death; aiding and abetting (two counts.)
  • Conspiracy to maliciously destroy property resulting in personal injury and death.
  • Malicious destruction of property resulting in personal injury and death; aiding and abetting (two counts.)
  • Carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury; aiding and abetting.
  • Possession and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; aiding and abetting (six counts.)
  • Interference with commerce by threats and violence; aiding and abetting.
  • Use of a weapon of mass destruction; aiding and abetting (four counts.)

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released the following statement:

“Dzhokhar Tsarnaev coldly and callously perpetrated a terrorist attack that injured hundreds of Americans and ultimately took the lives of three individuals: Krystle Marie Campbell, a 29-year-old native of Medford; Lingzi Lu, a 23-year-old Boston University graduate student from China; and Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy from Dorchester who was watching the marathon with his family just a few feet from the second bomb.  In the aftermath of the attack, Tsarnaev and his brother murdered Sean Collier, a 27-year-old patrol officer on the MIT campus, extinguishing a life dedicated to family and service.

“We know all too well that no verdict can heal the souls of those who lost loved ones, nor the minds and bodies of those who suffered life-changing injuries from this cowardly attack.  But 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.  We thank the jurors for their service, the people of Boston for their vigilance, resilience and support and the law enforcement community in Boston and throughout the country for their important work.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh released a statement on the verdict:

“I want to thank the jurors and the judiciary for their service to our community and our country. I hope this verdict provides a small amount of closure to the survivors, families, and all impacted by the violent and tragic events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon. We will forever remember and honor those who lost their lives and were affected by those senseless acts of violence on our City. Today, more than ever, we know that Boston is a City of hope, strength and resilience, that can overcome any challenge.”

Survivor Sydney Corcoran, who suffered shrapnel wounds; and her mother, who lost both legs, reacted to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence on Twitter: