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Jury Hands Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Death Penalty

The twin bombings at the finish line in 2013 killed three people and left 264 others wounded. Tsarnaev’s attorneys never denied that he participated in the bombings, but argued he was under the influence of his brother.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Photo credit; Handout/Getty Images

After listening to testimony from 63 witnesses and deliberating since Wednesday, a jury of seven women and five men in Boston handed convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the death penalty.

There was no visible reaction from either Tsarnaev or his legal team.

The jury sentenced Tsarnaev to die on counts 4, 5, 9, 10, 14 and 15.

Here are more details about those counts:

Count 4: Use of a weapon of mass destruction (pressure cooker bomb #2) on or about April 15, 2013, in the vicinity of 755 Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, and aiding and abetting, resulting in the deaths of Lingzi Lu and Martin Richard.

Count 5: Possession or use of a firearm (pressure cooker bomb #2) during an in relation to a crime of violence, namely, use of a weapon of mass destruction as in Count Four …, and in aiding and abetting, resulting in the deaths of Lingzi Lu and Martin Richard.

Count 9: Bombing of a place of public use (pressure cooker bomb #2) on or about April 15, 2013, in the 755 Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, and aiding and abetting, resulting in the deaths of Lingzi Lu and Martin Richard.

Count 10: Possession or use of a firearm (pressure cooker bomb #2) during and in relation to a crime of violence, namely, the bombing of a place of public use as in Count 9 … and and aiding and abetting, resulting in the deaths of Lingzi Lu and Martin Richard.

Count 14: Malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive (pressure cooker bomb #2) on or about April 15, 2013, in the vicinity of 755 Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, and aiding and abetting, resulting in the deaths of Lingzi Lu and Martin Richard.

Count 15: Possession or use of a firearm (pressure cooker bomb #2) during and in relation to a crime of violence, namely, malicious destruction of property as in Count 14 … and aiding and abetting, resulting in the deaths of Lingzi Lu and Martin Richard.

Seventeen of the 30 charges against him carried the possibility of the death penalty. The jurors only had to vote for death on one charge.

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