After three days of deliberations, the jury in the Boston Marathon trial has come to a decision of sending Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death. After more than two days of deliberating on Friday the jury has closed the book on one of the worst acts of terrorism since September 11. The decision comes from the same jury of seven women and five men who found Tsarnaev guilty on all 30 counts related to the Marathon attack and four-day manhunt. The jury found him responsible for killing four people, seriously maiming 17 and injuring hundreds more.
The decision came down to one question: Should Tsarnaev receive death or the spend the rest of his life in the supermax prison in Florence, Colorado? The jurors weighed 12 aggravating factors against 21 mitigating factors. They were told to consider the suffering caused by Tsarnaev, his intentions, his character and his relationships. The verdict that closes a trial that brought dozens of victims and a father who lost his child face to face with the terrorist. The government emphasized additional aggravating factors, including the “betrayal of the United States,” the selection of an “iconic event” as a target, the death of a police officer, statements in which Tsarnaev encouraged “others to commit acts of violence and terrorism,” the trauma unleashed on victims’ families, and Tsarnaev’s apparent lack of remorse. From the very beginning on March 4, the defense acknowledged Tsarnaev’s involvement of the bombings, which he planned and executed with his older brother, Tamerlan who died during the manhunt. Only two options were available because Tsarnaev was charged under federal law, which requires at least life in prison for 17 of the counts.
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