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The 12 jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing case sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death by lethal injection.
The jury deliberated for more than 16 hours over three days to reach the verdict.
Tsarnaev is the first terrorist to be sentenced to death in the post-9/11 era, according to the New York Times.
Tsarnaev’s case will “automatically be appealed to a higher federal court. That would begin a series of appeals that could take years to resolve,” according to Eric Levenson of .
The state of Massachussetts does not have the death penalty, but because this was a federal case jurors had the option to sentence Tsarnaev to death.
Polls had shown that a plurality of Boston-area residents opposed executing Tsarnaev, according to Reuters.
Tsarnaev will be executed by lethal injection at the US Penitentiary Terre Haute, known by some as “Guantanamo North.” He may go to the ADX Supermax prison in Colorado before he is transferred to Terre Haute.
Tsarnaev’s father reportedly “moaned deeply” upon hearing by phone that his son had been sentenced to death, AP reported.
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US Attorney General Loretta Lynch stated that “the ultimate penalty is a fitting punishment” in a statement.
“We know too well that no verdict can heal the souls of those who lost loved ones, nor the minds and bodies of those who suffered life-changing injuries from this cowardly attack,” The statement says. “But the ultimate penalty is a fitting punishment for this horrific crime and we hope that the completion of this prosecution will bring some measure of closure to the victims and their families.”
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh thanked “the jurors and the judiciary for their service to our community and our country.”
The jury found Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts stemming from the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon bombing, including 17 counts that make him eligible for the death penalty.
Tsarnaev, now 21, pleaded not guilty two years ago when he was charged with planting a homemade “improvised explosive device” — a pressure cooker filled with gunpowder, ball bearings, and nails — near the race’s finish line.
But his lawyer had already admitted at the start of the trial that Tsarnaev was involved in the bombing.
Hoping to take the death penalty off the table, Judy Clarke, Tsarnaev’s defense attorney, sought to cast Tsarnaev as a naive teenager who was radicalized by his older brother, Tamerlan.
“We don’t deny that Jahar fully participated in the events,” Judy Clarke told the jury in her closing arguments, using his Americanized nickname. “But if not for Tamerlan, it would not have happened.”
Prosecutors argued that Dzhokhar was his brother’s full and equal partner, as evidenced by the jihadist note Dzhokhar scrawled on the side of a boat in the hours he spent hiding from police.
The note read, in part, “We Muslims are one body. You hurt one, you hurt us all.”
Prosecutors also argued that Tsarnaev showed little remorse for his actions — an argument made stronger by a photo of Tsarnaev giving the middle finger to a surveillance camera in his prison cell.
“This is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — unconcerned, unrepentant, and unchanged,” Pellegrini told the jurors late last month.