Boston Bomber Sentenced

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The jury has come to a sentencing decision in the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the “Boston Bomber” who collaborated with his brother to bomb the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013.

Tsarnaev has been sentenced to the death penalty.

Leading up to the jury’s decision in the penalty phase there has been some controversy. Specifically, the parents of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old victim of the bombing that died in his mother’s arms, urged against the death penalty. In an op-ed to the Boston Globe the family urged a life in prison for Tsarnaev, referencing the cycle of appeals — and press coverage — that are likely if he were given capital punishment that would “prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives.”

Ultimately, the Richards’ pleas landed on deaf ears.

To end the anguish, drop the death penalty [Boston Globe]
Boston Bombing Trial: Martin Richard’s Parents Urge Against Death Penalty [NBC News]

Earlier: Verdict Is In: Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

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