Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death. The jury – seven women and five men – decided to punish the 21-year-old with a death sentence for his part in detonating two bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. Tsarnaev was convicted last month of all 30 federal charges against him, 17 of which carried the possibility of the death penalty.
The jury found that he deserved the death penalty for some but not all of the charges – which means he will be executed by lethal injection. Tsarnaev’s defense lawyers said he deserved life in prison instead.
Families of bombing victims and emergency service personnel who helped deal with the aftermath of the terror attack packed the courtroom to hear the verdict.
When Tsarnaev entered he was said to appear emotionless – even relaxed – much like at every other phase of the trial. He was wearing a dark sport coat and a light-colored shirt. He was said to be equally expressionless when the jury delivered their verdict. Reporters in the courtroom said he cracked his knuckles twice and ran his hands through his hair as it became clear he would be executed.