Published On: Sun, May 17th, 2015

Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev gets death penalty

The federal jury that deliberated over charges against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the past three months delivered the severest form of justice Friday, sentencing the terrorist to death for the Boston Marathon bombing.

Tsarnaev again stood emotionless as the verdict was read by a court clerk and some stern-faced jurors dabbed their eyes. He becomes the first terrorist condemned to death by a jury in the United States in the post-9/11 world.

“Our thoughts should now turn away from the Tsarnaev brothers for good,” US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz told reporters not long after the verdict was announced. “It is time to turn the page in these chapters.”

Bostonians overwhelmingly opposed condemning the bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, to death. The most recent poll, conducted last month for The Boston Globe, found that just 15 percent of city residents wanted him executed. Statewide, 19 percent did. By contrast, 60 percent of Americans wanted Mr. Tsarnaev to get the death penalty, according to a CBS News poll last month.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev high school photo twitter

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev high school photo twitter

The NY Times wrote “No one here felt sympathy for him. Rather, many thought life in prison would be a fate worse than death, especially for someone as young as Mr. Tsarnaev, who is 21. Others feared that putting him to death would make him a martyr. Still others, interviewed around the city Friday night and Saturday, reflected the region’s historical aversion to the death penalty.”

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans also praised the verdict.

“I think we sent a strong message that we’re not going to tolerate terrorism. They’re not going to blow up our Marathon, they’re not going to blow up our city, we’re not going to tolerate terrorism in our country, and that’s the strong message we sent here today.”


The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for 14½ hours over three days before reaching its verdict. Some jurors were visibly shaken as the verdict was read and the judge thanked them for their service. They did not seem to look at Tsarnaev.

Jurors had to weigh aggravating and mitigating factors for 17 death penalty eligible counts for which Tsarnaev had been convicted. They needed to find only that Tsarnaev deserved a death sentence for one of the counts, and the courtroom went quiet as the clerk announced the jury’s finding that “death is the appropriate sentence for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.”

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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 theglobaldispatch@gmail ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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  1. Antimuslim says:

    US has hundreds of child killers on death row, what death sentence! decades on appeals by parasite lawyers, human rights scum on his side.
    US imports its own vermin muslim-scum and its not a few its the whole stinking religion, hate, killing and more hate…its all in the stinking vile koran

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