Death Penalty for Boston Bomber

A media wrap up.

From the Huffington  Post:

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death for committing the Boston Marathon bombing, one of the worst acts of terrorism to take place on U.S.  soil.

The same seven-woman, five-man jury that found the 21-year-old naturalized American citizen guilty in the April 15, 2013, attack reached the verdict after deliberating for more than 14 hours over three days. The only alternative sentence was life without  parole.

The jury sentenced Tsarnaev to death on 6 of the 17 counts, including use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing of a public place and malicious destruction of property. A death sentence required a unanimous vote from the jury members, but if they had failed to agree on it, the life sentence would have been imposed  automatically.

The sentence punishes the defendant for the two homemade pressure cooker bombs packed with nails and BBs that he and his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, detonated near the marathon’s finish line. The bombing killed three people — Martin Richard, 8, Lingzi Lu, 23, and Krystle Campbell, 29 — and injured 264 others, more than a dozen of whom lost legs. On April 18, the brothers… (read  more)


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