Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Has Been Given the Death Penalty

He was found guilty in April on all 30 charges in the Boston Bombing trial.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has received the death sentence for his conviction in the Boston Bombing trial, according to the Washington Post. He'll be executed by lethal injection. The jury made the decision after 14 hours of deliberation in the sentencing phase. Tsarnaev was found guilty last month of all 30 charges against him, 17 of which made him eligible for the death penalty. The death penalty has been abolished in Massachusetts but Tsarnaev was still eligible because the trial was at the federal level. 

Tsarnaev's defense plead for the jury to give him a life sentence instead of the death penalty before the deliberations began Wednesday. "We're asking you to choose life," Defense attorney Judy Clarke said, according to CNN. "Yes, even for the Boston Marathon bomber. Clarke told the jury Tsarnaev is "not the same angry young man the prosecution has described to you."

The formal sentencing hearing won't take place until this summer, and at that time he'll be able to address the court. Tsarnaev will likely make an appeal, a process that could take more than a decade to complete. 

Here's the statement from U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, via Huff Post


MIT Police Chief John DiFava issued a statement on Facebook before deleting the post. Here's a screenshot of it, via Mashable​: 



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