For a reminder, two brothers were responsible for vicious attack on Boston marathon in 2013. The older brother, who is responsible for detonating the bomb near the finish line, got killed. The younger one Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got caught and he was found guilty on April 2015. And now the verdict came. The only other possibility was life sentence without parole.
There are a lot pros and cons for the death verdict. The prosecutor had more than 150 witnesses who wanted death sentence. On the other hand many spoke against it. Author of a Dead Man Talking, a nun that dedicated her work to fight against death sentence came to testify and said: “I had every reason to believe he was sorry for what he did.”
And maybe the most significant – parents of a 8 year old boy who died in the attack, ruled against death verdict. They even wrote a letter that got on front pages saying that they want life sentence.
The defense didn’t go for a denial, they admitted but played it on an older brother who was in charge and delusion younger brother who was a good kid but got mislead.
They brought the witnesses from school, teachers, friends who all testified how he was a good boy, hard working, but I guess the jury didn’t bough it.
They got him found guilty and sentenced to death for 6 from 17 counts. For the verdict they had to be unanimously, if they were not he would got a lifetime.
“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,” Loretta Lynch (Attorney General) said in a statement after the annunciation “But the ultimate penalty is the 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.”