A federal jury has sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death.
Following 14 hours of deliberations -- spanning three days -- the jury announced their verdict condemning the 21-year old Tsarnaev at approximately 3:00 pm on Friday.
Friday's verdict marks the first time a federal jury has issued a death sentence in a terrorism case since before September 11th. Federal capital punishment cases are automatically appealed, so the verdict will not likely be finalized for several years.
“Dzhokhar Tsarnaev coldly and callously perpetrated a terrorist attack that injured hundreds of Americans and ultimately took the lives of three individuals: Krystle Marie Campbell, a 29-year-old native of Medford; Lingzi Lu, a 23-year-old Boston University graduate student from China; and Martin Richard, an 8-year-old boy from Dorchester who was watching the marathon with his family just a few feet from the second bomb." said Attorney General Loretta Lynch. "In the aftermath of the attack, Tsarnaev and his brother murdered Sean Collier, a 27-year-old patrol officer on the MIT campus, extinguishing a life dedicated to family and service.
“We know all too well that no verdict can heal the souls of those who lost loved ones, nor the minds and bodies of those who suffered life-changing injuries from this cowardly attack. But the ultimate penalty is a fitting punishment for this horrific crime and we hope that the completion of this prosecution will bring some measure of closure to the victims and their families. We thank the jurors for their service, the people of Boston for their vigilance, resilience and support and the law enforcement community in Boston and throughout the country for their important work,” added Lynch.
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