Jury sentences Boston Marathon bomber to death by lethal injection for 2013 terror attack
BOSTON (AP) — The jury deliberating the fate of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has reached a verdict in the penalty trial, deciding that Tsarnaev will die by lethal injection for the 2013 terror attack.
The jury reached a decision Friday after 14 hours of deliberations.
Tsarnaev was convicted last month of all 30 federal charges against him, 17 of which carried the possibility of the death penalty.
The 2013 bombing killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Tsarnaev killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer days later.
The defense sought to save Tsarnaev’s life by pinning most of the blame on his radicalized older brother.
Prosecutors portrayed Tsarnaev as an equal partner in the attack and so heartless he placed a bomb behind children, killing an 8-year-old boy.