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17-05-2015

Boston Marathon Bomber Sentenced To Death.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is to be executed by lethal injection. He was nineteen years old when he took part in the tragic bombing of the Boston Marathon on 15th April 2013; the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11. The terrible crime was carried out with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who later died in a gunfight with the police. Boston Marathon Bomber Sentenced to Death The attack cost the lives of three people, torn apart by shrapnel coming from two home-made bombs, and injured hundreds of others. Among those killed was Martin Richard, an eight-year-old child who was watching the race near the finish line and standing a few steps away from the backpack that contained one of the deadly devices. Martin’s parents had asked for judges to spare the life of their beloved son’s killer, but their appeal, together with appeals from many others calling for his life to be spared, had no effect.
The twelve jurors who gathered in the Council Chamber of the Boston Federal Court for over fourteen hours decided on the death penalty. Although some of them did take into consideration the mitigating circumstances of his young age and lack of criminal record, these were overruled by the fact that it was a premeditated and planned attack, the cruelty of the crime, the use of weapons of mass destruction, causing the death of an innocent child and targeting an iconic sporting event; the oldest marathon in the history of the United States.
Only three of the twelve jurors felt that Tsarnaev had acted under the influence of the dominant figure of his elder brother. The Assistant US Attorney, William Weinreb, said that he deserved the death penalty not because he is a monster, but because he performed a cruel and inhumane act. Tsarnaev listened to the verdict in silence, sitting with his arms crossed. At the time of the verdict witnesses said that he showed no emotion and after the reading of the judgement was led away from the courtroom in silence. Yet many of those who visited him in jail have said that he has repented. The mask of coldness that he has worn from the beginning briefly slipped a few days ago when he burst into tears on seeing his aunt.
Now Tsarnaev will probably be transferred to Death Row in a prison in Terre Haute, Indiana and his execution could take place within the next few years. Meanwhile, outside the Court, several dozen activists were protesting against the death penalty. If the young Chechen had been sentenced to life imprisonment he would have spent the rest of his life in complete isolation in the super-prison of Florence, Colorado; an impregnable Alcatraz housing the most dangerous criminals in America.
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