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Tsarnaev Guilty of Boston Marathon Bombings, Eligible for Death Penalty

April 08, 2015  | 

Photo: FBI
Photo: FBI

Nearly two years after two pressure-cooker bombs ripped through a crowd of unsuspecting spectators near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, a federal jury found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty for his role in the deadly attacks, which killed three and injured nearly 300, reports Yahoo.

He has been found guilty of all 30 charges brought against him, including several charges that carry a possible penalty of death.

Federal prosecutors painted Tsarnaev as a heartless killer who conspired with his older brother, Tamerlan, to maim and kill Americans in retaliation for the country's wars on Muslim countries overseas. "This was a cold, calculated terrorist act. This was intentional. It was bloodthirsty. It was to make a point," government prosecutor Aloke Chakravarty told jurors Monday. "It was to tell America that 'We will not be terrorized by you anymore. We will terrorize you.'"

Tsarnaev faced 30 charges for his role in the bombings, the deadliest act of terrorism on American soil since September 11, 2001. He was also charged with shooting and killing Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier days after the attacks and hours after the FBI released photos of him and his brother identifying them as suspects in the bombings. Though prosecutors acknowledged they were unsure which brother pulled the trigger, both were "equally guilty" of Collier's murder.

The verdict in the case wasn't surprising. Judy Clarke, Tsarnaev's attorney, admitted her client's role in the attacks on day one of the trial, which began March 5, and reiterated it during closing arguments this week. "There is no excuse. No one is trying to make one," Clarke told jurors Monday, calling the attack "inexcusable" and "senseless."

The same 12 jurors who decided on Tsarnaev's guilt will now decide whether he lives or dies for his role in in the attacks. Though all jurors agreed they could consider capital punishment for Tsarnaev, many people in Massachusetts oppose the death penalty for moral and religious reasons.

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Ima Leprechaun @ 4/8/2015 11:48 AM


UncleMike @ 4/8/2015 1:23 PM

Now drag him behind a truck over a gravel road till there's nothing left.
And to Hell with the damn "cruel and unusual" argument.
What he did was vicious, animalistic, and totally without regard for the innocent victims and calls for a punishment to suit the crime!!!!

GENELEO @ 4/8/2015 1:52 PM

Even if he can't be electrocuted 30 times, 30 times would not be enough! Whatever comes, DO NOT ALLOW HIM TO LIVE, if he lives, that only gives him the chance to escape, or to be used as a pawn by some ignorant "leader" to work another illegal deal or "swap".

Jon Retired LEO @ 4/8/2015 2:36 PM

I know it has been forever since they used hanging but I would like to see him swing from the Gallows so that all the victims and the ones who are still alive and their families could watch.

Mike @ 4/9/2015 9:58 AM

How about filling a pressure cooker with a powerful bomb, tie it to the POS and have him walk around until WE feel like setting it off.

Dolf @ 4/9/2015 4:14 PM

If he dies, he dies!

Ret LE @ 4/10/2015 8:39 AM

There is no doubt that this cowardly POS should die in the most horrific and painful way imaginable. But, I would like for him to spend the rest of his life in a 6 by 9 cell in isolation and maybe put him in GP and see just how many puncture wounds he could handle before he meets Allah. Why make him a martyr?

Jon Retired LEO @ 4/12/2015 1:07 PM

Ret LE, I would agree with you except for one thing: I am afraid that the administration might see him as a possible trade the next time they have some kind of situation similar to the one which happened with the deserter.

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