Jury considers marathon bomber fate

Jury considers marathon bomber fate

The jury that convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has begun deliberating whether he should be sentenced to life in prison or execution by lethal injection.

Jurors retired to consider Tsarnaev’s fate after federal prosecutors made their final impassioned arguments that he should be put to death and his lawyers asked for mercy.

Death or life in prison without parole are the only two options for the jury, which last month found Tsarnaev guilty of all 30 federal counts against him over the bombing on April 15 2013. Seventeen of those counts carry the death penalty, but the jury must reach a unanimous decision for it to be imposed.

Three spectators were killed and more than 260 others injured in the attacks near the marathon finish line.

During the four-month trial, prosecutors have portrayed Tsarnaev as a callous, unrepentant terrorist who carried out the deadly 2013 attack with his radicalised older brother, Tamerlan. They are demanding the death penalty.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers admitted he participated in the bombings but told the jury he was “a good kid” who was led down the path to terrorism by Tamerlan, who wanted to punish the US for its actions in Muslim countries. They have asked the jury to spare his life, saying he was 19 at the time.

The defence showed the jury photos of the federal Supermax prison where Tsarnaev likely would be sent if he is sentenced to life.

His lawyers said he would remain locked in his cell 23 hours a day, living an austere, solitary existence until the day he dies – denying him the martyrdom he apparently wanted.

Prosecutors, however, said death is the only appropriate punishment for Tsarnaev. They said he was an equal partner with his brother in planning and carrying out the bombings. He planted his bomb behind a group of children, killing eight-year-old Martin Richard.

“Nothing will explain his cruelty and his indifference,” prosecutor Nadine Pellegrini said.

More in this Section

Concentration camp survivor turns 100 on Holocaust Remembrance DayConcentration camp survivor turns 100 on Holocaust Remembrance Day

UK Chancellor unveils new commemorative Brexit 50 pence coinUK Chancellor unveils new commemorative Brexit 50 pence coin

Netanyahu hopeful of making history during White House visitNetanyahu hopeful of making history during White House visit

Military parade celebrates Republic Day in IndiaMilitary parade celebrates Republic Day in India


Lifestyle

Food news with Joe McNameeThe Menu: Upcoming food highlights

THE health properties of tea have long been advertised. “It maketh the body active and lusty” a 1660 promotion suggested. However, before you dunk your teabag into a mug of steaming water, spare a thought for the environment. Some have polypropylene to help to seal them and it doesn’t decompose.Storm in a teacup: Top 8 loose-leaf teas

Bestselling author Isabel Allende talks to Rowena Walsh about life, grief, and why it’s never too late to fall in loveIsabel Allende: It's never too late to fall in love

Cliffs of Moher Retreat owner Michelle Moroney has written a book on finding self-worth and stepping back from our 24/7 lives. She talks to Marjorie Brennan about the need to unwindMichelle Moroney highlights the need to take stock of our lives

More From The Irish Examiner