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Published On: Thu, Apr 9th, 2015

Tsarnaev guilty, faces 17 death penalties for role in Boston Bombing

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev remained emotionless with his head bowed as he heard the guilty verdict for all 30 charges tied to the bombing of the Boston Marathon.

The charges included guilty of using weapons of mass destruction, guilty of bombing a place of public use, guilty of conspiracy and aiding and abetting. CNN noted that the word “guilty” was spoken 32 times.

Tsarnaev caused the deaths of Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev high school photo twitter

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev high school photo twitter

The prosecutor explained that Tsarnaev was punishing Americans and sending a message to the holy warriors of radical Islam to rise up.

His defense pointed to his older brother, Tamerlan, claiming he was the mastermind and that the event would never have happened if it was not for the dead brother.

From the verdict, we can assume the jury couldn’t look past the surveillance photos of Tsarnaev strolling through the aisles of Whole Foods to buy milk and smiling as he stopped by his college gym shortly after the deadly bombing.

The man never turned over his brother or contacted police in any way.

The Tsarnaev brothers were never tied to a mosque because the FBI have been barred from investigating them

The Tsarnaev brothers were never tied to a mosque because the FBI have been barred from investigating them

From the CNN coverage:

Victims and their families leaned forward in their seats to hear.

Survivors of the bombing said they were gratified by Wednesday’s decision, but found no joy in it.

“Obviously we are grateful for the outcome today,” bombing survivor Karen Brassard said after the verdict was announced. “It’s not a happy occasion, but it’s something that we can put one more step behind us.”

Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs in the bombing, said he was relieved.

“Today’s verdict will never replace the lives that were lost and so dramatically changed,” he said, “but it is a relief, and one step closer to closure.”

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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