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Boston Bomber Will Be Put To Death

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be sent to death row.

The man known as the Boston Marathon bomber was sentenced to death by a jury in Boston on Friday. The decision to issue the death penalty had to be unanimous among all 12 jurors.

“We vote that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death,” the jury ruled. The verdict sets up the case for years, and perhaps even decades, of appeals. If Tsarnaev is eventually executed, it would be by lethal injection.

This was a decision many around Boston and the country had been waiting for. Though Tsarnaev went through an earlier phase of the trial to determine whether he was guilty, there was almost no doubt he would be convicted of conspiring with his older brother, Tamerlan, to set off two pressure-cooker bombs at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Those blasts killed three people and injured more than 260.

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The Tsarnaev brothers fatally shot MIT Police Officer Sean Collier in the ensuing manhunt, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police. The younger Tsarnaev was found hiding in a boat four days after the bombing, after a citywide dragnet had shut down Boston.

Tsarnaev was convicted on all 30 counts with which he was charged in the guilt phase of the trial. Those charges included carrying out the bombing as well as some comparatively small charges, such as stealing a car from a businessman. The number of convictions had led some to believe there was a greater possibility that Tsarnaev would get the death penalty.

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