With the trial having ended some weeks ago, and the only question remaining what would the jury decide his penalty to be, Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev learned his fate today. A jury of his peers decided that the 21-year old terrorist would be put to death for his callous participation in the bedlam at the Boston Marathon. It took more than 14 hours for the jury to reach their decision, and while many observers felt that a sentence of life in prison at the Supermax facility in Colorado was the likeliest outcome, the jury reached a different decision. Obviously the testimony from the heartbreaking case, plus the fact that Tsarnaev was found guilty of 17 capital crimes, proved too much for the jury to overcome.
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The jury — seven women and five men — sentenced Mr. Tsarnaev to death on six of the 17 counts — all six related to his planting a pressure-cooker bomb on Boylston Street, which his lawyers never disputed.
In reaching its decision, the jury found that Mr. Tsarnaev had shown no remorse for his actions, and it rejected the defense argument that his older brother, Tamerlan, a self-radicalized jihadist, had brainwashed him into joining in the bombings.
The final words that jurors heard before beginning deliberations on Wednesday were a blistering assessment from William Weinreb, the lead prosecutor, about why Mr. Tsarnaev should be executed and not simply locked up.
“The callousness and indifference that allows you to destroy people’s lives, to ignore their pain, to shrug off their heartbreak — that doesn’t go away just because you’re locked up in a prison cell,” Mr. Weinreb told them. “It’s what enables you to be a terrorist, and it’s what insulates you from feelings of remorse.”
“Does he deserve the minimum punishment, or do these crimes, these four deaths, demand something more?” Mr. Weinreb asked the jury. “Please ask yourself that question when you go back to deliberate.”
Here is what Attorney General Loretta Lynch had to say about her victory in earning the death penalty for Tsarnaev.
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released the following statement on the sentencing of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:
“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.”
— Philip Schuyler (@FiveRights) May 15, 2015
— The Hill (@thehill) May 15, 2015
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