May 16, 2015: A federal jury on Friday condemned Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for his role in the 2013 attack on Friday.
4 people were killed wounding more than hundreds where 17 people lost at least one leg and more than 240 others sustained serious injuries in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
The bombings two years ago turned one of this cityâ€™s most cherished athletic events into a grim tragedy â€” the worst terrorist attack on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001.
According to Kevin McNally, director of the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project, it was the first time a federal jury had sentenced a terrorist to death in the post-Sept. 11 era.
A federal prosecutor, Steven Mellin in his closing argument said that after all of the carnage and fear and terror that he has caused, the right decision is clear. The only sentence that will do justice in this case is a sentence of death. The jury found that death was the appropriate punishment for six of 17 capital counts â€” all six related to Mr. Tsarnaevâ€™s planting of a pressure-cooker bomb on Boylston Street, which his lawyers never disputed.
Mr. Tsarnaev, 21, stood stone-faced in court, his hands folded in front of him, as the verdict was read, his lawyers standing grimly at his side.