Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.The Guardian

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 other 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.

Prejean was the final witness for the defence in the so-called “penalty phase” of the trial, in which, having found Tsarnaev guilty on the 17 capital counts, the jury heard new evidence from the prosecution and defence designed to help them weigh “aggravating factors” against “mitigating factors” in deciding whether to put Tsarnaev to death for his crimes.

The sentence brings to end the five-month-long trial, in which 154 witnesses testified, more than 40 of them in the penalty phase.

In her closing argument on Tuesday, defence attorney Judy Clarke made one final appeal to the jury for mercy. “Mercy is never earned, it is bestowed,” she said.

But the jury seems to have been more receptive to the prosecution’s argument that the only fitting punishment for Tsarnaev’s crimes was death.

The sentence, which mandates the government to kill the 21-year-old Tsarnaev by lethal injection at the federal correctional facility in Terre Huate, Indiana, is subject to appeal.

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6 Responses to Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death

  1. tc says:

    The bombing was a sham, the victims were shams, his lawyer was a sham, the trial was a sham, now they get to have an execution sham. Sham on…….

  2. sharon says:

    Poor patsy. Just like the kid at the theater and the kid in the Sandy hoax. Dead men tell no tales ya know.

  3. Alf the Obstinate says:

    Craft International started by the likes of Chris Kyle furnished the backpacks
    for this phony crisis actor made up soap opera…They have to have a patsy
    to cover their OWN criminality…Maybe FBI forensics found another dog hair too match the boy up to the “crime”…May the jury rot in hell with their handlers!

  4. SWIFT says:

    I have a friend who, years ago, was being processed by the FBI, to go prison on a weapons charge. As his finger prints were being taken, the FBI agent said,” well now that we have your prints, we will place them at a crime scene”. My friend looked at the bottom feeding Agent and said,” And YOU are suppose to be the good guys”? The Boston bombing has the FBI’s prints all over it. Never, ever trust them to do what’s right. Never talk to them; never help them. They all are POS.

    • Alf the Obstinate says:

      Good post…I sympathize with your friend. I hope your friend was able too avoid the CRIMINALS!

  5. Mephisto says:

    Great synopsis. Don’t know if you people saw this one, and at the end he’s joined by the 25-year head of trauma thoracic surgery, SF General, with her thoughts:


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