Boston Marathon Bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev Found Guilty On All 30 Counts. Facing The Death Penalty (Video)
Jury of seven women and five men ruled that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should die
Was convicted of 17 charges eligible for death sentence over 2013 bombing
Jury unanimously ruled in favor of capital punishment for six of the counts
Tsarnaev was somber and emotionless and death sentence was delivered
Alternative was life in prison without parole
Survivor Sydney Corcoran said the punishment is 'an eye for an eye' and that bomber 'took away his own right to live'
Tsarnaev's father Anzor said: 'We will fight. We will fight until the end.'
A heroic firefighter who rescued victims of the Boston bombing attack said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's death sentence is nothing to celebrate, spitting: 'He wanted to go hell — he is going to get there early.'
Michael Ward was off duty along the marathon route when two explosions went off, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.
On Friday, two years after he pulled wounded men, women and children to safety, Ward was in court to witness Tsarnaev being sentenced to death.
'I remember the vile, disgusting thing that this person did and his brother,' Ward told a press conference. 'They destroyed countless innocent lives.'
Seven women and five men unanimously voted to punish the 21-year-old with death for his part in detonating two bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.
Tsarnaev was convicted last month of all 30 federal charges against him, 17 of which carried the possibility of the death penalty.
The jury found that he deserved the death penalty for some but not all of the charges - which means he will be executed by lethal injection.
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Disgusted: Heroic fire fighter Michael Ward slammed Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as 'vile' after the verdict
Meeting his fate: This court sketch shows Tsarnaev, emotionless, listening to a Boston jury sentencing him to death Friday
Cold: Tsarnaev has barely shown any emotion at all throughout the 10-week sentencing hearing. He is depicted above arriving for Friday's hearing
Confession: Tsarnaev's defense do not dispute that he (left in white cap) and his brother Tamerlan (right in black cap) carried out the bombing
Tsarnaev's defense lawyers said he deserved life in prison instead.
Families of bombing victims, including the parents of an eight-year-old boy Tsarnaev killed, packed the courtroom to hear the verdict.
When Tsarnaev entered he was said to appear emotionless - even relaxed - much like at every other phase of the trial. He was wearing a dark sport coat and a light-colored shirt.
Had he not carried out the bombings, Tsarnaev would have been due to graduate from college today instead of being sentenced to death.
He was said to be equally expressionless when the jury delivered their verdict.
Reporters in the courtroom said he cracked his knuckles twice and ran his hands through his hair as it became clear he would be executed.
The ultimate penalty is a fitting punishment for this horrific crime - Attorney General Loretta Lynch
Before the verdict, jurors rules on a swathe of aggravating factors - declaring that Tsarnaev extensively planned the attack purposefully targeted a child, acted in a 'heinous and cruel' manner and has no remorse for his actions.
However, they decided there was not enough evidence to prove he incited others to make further attacks against the United States.
The defense sought to save Tsarnaev's life by pinning most of the blame on his radicalized older brother. However, only three jurors agreed that this was a mitigating factor in the crimes.
Prosecutors portrayed Tsarnaev as an equal partner in the attack and so heartless he placed a bomb behind children, killing a 8-year-old Martin Richard.
Other victims of the bombing include 23-year-old Chinese exchange student Lingzi Lu and 29-year-old restaurant managed Krystle Campbell.
Sean A Collier, a 27-year-old police officer, was killed by the Tsarnaevs when the two were being hunted down. Dzhokhar's older brother Tamerlan died before he could be caught.
Heroic firefighter thanks jury for Tsarnaev's death sentence
Defiant: Tsarnaev is pictured above in a jail cell shortly after being arrested making an obscene gesture at a camera. He has been largely emotionless throughout the trial, even as his victims testified
Six counts: Jurors unanimously decided that six crime of which Tsarnaev has been convicted ought to be punished by death
Before Dzhokhar launched the bombing attack he was a student at the University of Massachusetts's Dartmouth campus. His peers in the class of 2015 were graduating as he was sentenced to death Friday.
Jurors in Tsarnaev's trail heard 10 weeks of testimony, spanning about 150 witnesses, including people whose legs were torn off by the shrapnel-filled bombs.
William Richard, the father of bombing victim Martin, described the gut-wrenching decision to leave him to die of his wounds so that he could save the life of his daughter, Jane, who lost a leg but survived.
Prosecutors described Tsarnaev as an adherent of al Qaeda's militant Islamist views who carried out the attack as an act of retribution for U.S. military campaigns in Muslim-dominated countries.
In their closing arguments, Tsarnaev's defense told the jury 'Dzhokhar is not the worst of the worst, and that's what the death penalty is reserved for - the worst of the worst.'
Attorney Judy Clarke claimed that he is 'genuinely sorry for what he's done' and has 'the potential for redemption'.
Victims: Eight-year-old Martin Richard and Krystle Campbell, a 29-year-old restaurant manager, were among the victims of the bombing
Killed: Chinese student Lingzi Lu, 23, (left) also died in the bombing, while Somerville police officer Sean A Collier (right) was killed in a firefight with the Tsarnaevs days later
Destruction: One of the two explosions at the marathon is pictured above. Three people died from the bombs and hundreds were injured
'Tsarnaev will pay for his crimes with his life' - US Attorney
Jurors were told that each of them individually had the power to save Tsarnaev's life, as the death sentence requires all 12 to agree. In this case, nobody dissented from capital punishment.
Meanwhile prosecution lawyer Steve Mellin argued that Tsarnaev's actions 'earned him a sentence of death'.
He said: 'The defendant knew what kind of hell was going to be unleashed.'
When he heard the verdict, Tsarnaev's father Anzor vowed to do all he could to stop his son being killed.
It feels like a weight's been lifted. It was justice
Liz Norden, whose sons both lost a leg in the bombing
Speaking to ABC News from Dagestan, he said: 'We will fight. We will fight. We will fight until the end.'
Meanwhile, bombing victim Sydney Corcoran, who nearly bled to death and whose mother lost both her legs, supported the death sentence.
She said: 'My mother and I think that NOW he will go away and we will be able to move on. Justice.
'In his own words, "an eye for an eye."'
She added: 'He took away his own right to live.'
Liz Norden, whose two sons both lost a leg in the explosion, said: 'I have to watch my 2 sons put legs on every day... but it feels like a weight's been lifted. It was justice.'
Adrienne Haslet, a dancer who lost a leg in the attack, said: 'My heart is with our entire survivor community. I am thrilled with the verdict!'
Dic Donohue, a police officer who was injured trying to apprehend the Tsarnaevs, said: 'Just over two years after the events that impacted us as a community and a nation, we can finally close this chapter in our lives.
All his fault? Tsarnaev's defense have argued that his older brother, Tamerlan, radicalized him and should bear most of the responsibility for the deadly terror attacks in 2013
Capture: Tsarnaev is pictured above leaning on a boat where he had been hiding from police in Watertown, Massachusetts, before he was captured
Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death
'The verdict, undoubtedly a difficult decision for the jury, gives me relief and closure as well as the ability to keep moving forward.'
However, other people affected by the bombing had argued that Tsarnaev should be spared. Bill and Denise Richard, parents of eight-year-old victim Martin Richard, said the government should stop seeking the death penalty because it will draw out the legal process.
Writing in the Boston Globe, they said the appeals and trial only 'prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives'.
After the sentence was delivered, Attorney General Loretta Lynch welcomed the sentence as 'a fitting punishment for this horrific crime'.
She said: 'Dzhokhar Tsarnaev coldly and callously perpetrated a terrorist attack that injured hundreds of Americans and ultimately took the lives of three individuals'.
She continued: '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.'
Boston mayor Marty Walsh also gave a statement. He said: 'I hope this verdict provides a small amount of closure to the survivors, families, and all impacted by the violent and tragic events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon.
'We will forever remember and honor those who lost their lives and were affected by those senseless acts of violence on our City.
'Today, more than ever, we know that Boston is a city of hope, strength and resilience, that can overcome any challenge.'
Charlie Baker, the governor of Massachusetts, added: 'I think every time somebody runs the marathon, it will be impossible for this to be too far from their minds.
'The marathon has certainly changed forever... and that by definition, I suppose, changes Boston.'
APPEALS AND MORE COURT HEARINGS: WHAT'S NEXT FOR TSARNAEV
The jury's decision does not mean that Tsarnaev's death is imminent.
U.S. District Judge George O'Toole, who presided over the trial, will formally sentence Tsarnaev to death at a yet-to-be-scheduled hearing sometime in the next few months.
Defense attorneys are likely to appeal the decision, which will trigger more legal wrangling before any sentence can be delivered.
The death penalty remains highly controversial in Massachusetts, which has not put anyone to death in almost 70 years and abolished capital punishment for state crimes in 1984.
Tsarnaev was tried under federal law, which allows for lethal injection as a punishment.
Polls had shown that many Boston residents opposed executing Tsarnaev.
Opponents included family members of victims Martin Richard and Sean Collier.
Just three of the 74 people sentenced to death in the United States for federal crimes since 1988 have been executed.
THIRTY TIMES GUILTY: THE CRIMES WHICH WILL SEE TSARNAEV EXECUTED
The same jury which today sentenced Tsarnaev to death found him guilty last month of all 30 federal charges brought against him - 17 of which were eligible for capital punishment.
They are listed below. Those highlighted in bold were those on which the jury delivered the death penalty:
Conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death.
Use of a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death; aiding and abetting (two counts).
Possession and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence resulting in death; aiding and abetting (nine counts).
Conspiracy to bomb a place of public use resulting in death.
Bombing of a place of public use resulting in death; aiding and abetting (two counts).
Conspiracy to maliciously destroy property resulting in personal injury and death.
Malicious destruction of property resulting in personal injury and death; aiding and abetting (two counts).
Carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury; aiding and abetting.
Possession and use of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence; aiding and abetting (six counts).
Interference with commerce by threats and violence; aiding and abetting.
Use of a weapon of mass destruction; aiding and abetting (four counts).
Federal Prosecutors Are Seeking The Death Penalty Against Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect
A jury on Wednesday found Dzokhar Tsarnaev guilty of killing three people and injuring 264 in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, as well as fatally shooting a police officer four days later.
Tsarnaev, 21, was found guilty of all 30 counts against him, with 17 of the charges carrying the death penalty. The same U.S. District Court jury will now decide whether to sentence him to death or life in prison without possibility of parole.
Tsarnaev silently looked down, occasionally fidgeting, as the lengthy verdict was read. The courtroom was packed with survivors of the attack, the parents of 8-year-old Martin Richard, the youngest fatality, and law enforcement officials, including former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis.
Jurors spent just over 11 hours evaluating Tsarnaev’s guilt in two days of deliberations, following 16 days of testimony.
Defense lawyers began the trial by admitting that Tsarnaev carried out the April 15, 2013, bombing but said he did so at the bidding of his older brother Tamerlan, 26, who died following a gunfight with police in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Prosecutors laid out evidence that the defendant, an ethnic Chechen who immigrated from Russia a decade before the attack, had read and listened to jihadist materials, and wrote a note in the boat where he was found hiding suggesting the bombing was an act of retribution for U.S. military campaigns in Muslim-dominated countries.
The blasts killed restaurant manager Krystle Campbell, 29, Chinese exchange student Lingzi Lu, 23, and Richard. Tsarnaev also was found guilty of the fatal shooting of Massachusetts of Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, 26.
Federal prosecutors detailed jihadi writings, including a copy of al Qaeda's "Inspire" magazine with an article on bomb-making found on of Tsarnaev's computers, describing that as evidence that he was an extremist who wanted to "punish America."
The trial, which began in early March after a two-month jury selection process, dredged up some of worst memories in living memory in Boston. The twin pressure-cooker bombs ripped through the crowd of spectators at the race's finish line, setting off a mad rush to save the hundreds of people wounded, many of whom lost legs.
Three days later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released images of the Tsarnaev brothers, saying they were the suspected bombers and seeking information on their identities. That set the stage for 24 hours of chaos as the duo fatally shot Collier in an unsuccessful attempt to steal his gun and went on to carjack a Chinese entrepreneur before police found them in the suburb of Watertown.
The pair fought a desperate gunfight with police, throwing a smaller pressure-cooker bomb similar to the ones they used at the race, as well as smaller pipe bombs. When Tamerlan Tsarnaev ran out of bullets in the rusty Ruger handgun his brother had borrowed from a drug-dealing friend, he charged Watertown police officers who were trying to wrestle him to the ground. Dzhokhar then hopped into the carjacked Mercedes SUV and sped toward the group, running over his brother and dragging him.
Federal prosecutors have announced their decision to seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his role in the twin blasts that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.
WASHINGTON – Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that they will seek the death penalty against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsamaev, charging that he acted in “an especially heinous, cruel and depraved manner" and lacks remorse.
“The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.
Three people were killed and more than 260 others were injured when a pair of homemade bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon last April 15.
Prosecutors say Tsarnaev, 20, and his older brother Tamerlan Tsamaev, 26, who was later killed in a shootout with the police, carried out the attacks.
Tsarnaev, seen while appearing in court in July, 2013, is charged with killing three marathon spectators on April 15, and later shooting dead a university police officer.
In an 8-page legal brief filed Thursday, Boston U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz detailed several factors that she said justify a death sentence, including the deaths of several people, the premeditated nature of the bombing and the defendant’s betrayal of his adopted homeland.
Dzokhar Tsarnaev “received asylum from the United States; obtained citizenship and enjoyed the freedoms of a United States citizen; and then betrayed his allegiance to the United States by killing and maiming people in the United States,” Ortiz wrote.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother reportedly planned to travel to New York City and detonate more bombs in Times Square, but the owner of a vehicle they carjacked for the trip escaped and alerted police, leading to the early morning shootout on April 19 in Watertown, Mass., that killed Tamerlan.
The New York Daily News cover for April 23, 2013.
The surviving brother was found later that night, severely injured and hiding inside a boat stored in a local backyard.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has indicated the Marathon plot was hatched as retribution for civilian deaths in the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
He faces 30 counts, including the use of weapons of mass destruction to kill and to maim or injure. He has pleaded not guilty and awaits trial.
People gather at a makeshift memorial for victims near the site of the Boston Marathon bombings a day after the second suspect was captured on April 20, 2013 in Boston.
Only three federal prisoners have been executed by the U.S. government since 1963, all by lethal injection -- Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, murderer and drug trafficker Juan Raul Garza, and Louis Jones Jr., a Gulf War vet who kidnapped, raped and murdered an Army recruit in 1995.
Fifty-nine Federal Prisoners are currently on death row, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
The brothers were born in former Soviet republics and grew up in suburban Boston. Tamerlan Tsarnaev traveled in 2012 to Russia, Dagestan, and Chechnya, a hotbed of Islamic militancy against the Russian government.
The elder brother reportedly became increasingly devout in his Muslim beliefs in the months following his return from abroad and before the attack.
Tsarnaev is represented by a team of attorneys, including federal public defenders Miriam Conrad and William Fick, whose office declined to comment on the government’s move Thursday.