A federal jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is responsible for the killing of 4 people & injuring of hundreds during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, to the death penalty on Friday, May 15th.
It took Jurors over 14 hours over a 3-day period to come to the ultimate decision of the death penalty. This form of justice has not been called to action for any terrorist attack since the tragic 9/11 happening.
Tsarnaev was convicted on all 30 charges against him.
Survivors and families impacted by the bombing took to their social media accounts expressing their feelings on the verdict--some felt at peace, some were thrilled, and some did not want the death penalty.
There were six counts of the case that led to the death penalty decision, all in relation to two pressure-cooker bombs, which were left on Boylston Street in front of the Forum restaurant, causing the most impact. The first bomb that was set off was planted by his brother, Tamerlan, who was killed on the scene.
His court sentencing could possibly take place in Terre Haute, Indiana, but nothing can be finalized until he stands before a judge. As of yet, there's no sentence date.
Mayor Martin Walsh spoke on the matter & thanked the jury for their decision:
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," he said. "We will forever remember and honor those who lost their lives and were affected by those senseless acts of violence on our city..
A year-long appeals process is expected to take place, but according to CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin, "the overwhelming likelihood is that he will die" & the sentencing will be carried out.