The Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was sentenced to death in Boston by a federal jury of seven women and five men on Friday.
The verdict was reached after 14 hours of deliberations over how to sentence the 21-year-old terrorist, who was convicted on all 30 charges against him. Seventeen of the charges carried the death penalty.
Tsarnaev, a failed college student, set off a series of bombs in what became the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the Al Qaeda attack on America on September 11, 2001, known as “9/11.”
The bombs were built from pressure cookers packed with shrapnel and stuffed into backpacks. The “dirty bombs” were gauged to maximize the number of deaths and severity of wounds inflicted in the crowd at the 2013 Boston Marathon.
The terrorist, a radical Islamist, allegedly scribbled a note on the boat where he was captured, saying the attack was in retaliation for Muslims killed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to USA Today.
Four people died and hundreds more were wounded in the attack, including many whose injuries have left them permanently traumatized, maimed and disabled to this day.
The case will go to appeal over the issue of venue; in other words, whether in fact it was possible for Tsarnaev to receive a fair trial in Boston, the site of the attack.Hana Levi Julian