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Boston Marathon Verdict: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Found Guilty, Eligible For Death Penalty

Wed, April 8, 2015 2:20pm EDT by Lauren Cox 1 Comment

The jury has found Boston Marathon Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, GUILTY on all 30 counts for his role in the horrific 2013 terrorist attack — including the murder of 10-year-old Martin Richard.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, has been found guilty for all 30 counts he was charged with in the 2013 attack on the Boston Marathon. His actions left 4 people dead — Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Sean Collier, and Lingzi Lu — as well as 264 people injured. The verdict arrived just one day after the jury began deliberations on April 7 over whether or not Dzhokhar was responsible for the deadly terrorist attack.

Boston Marathon Verdict: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Guilty

On April 8,  justice was finally served. After just 11 hours of deliberations, the jury in the case of the tragic Boston Marathon Bombing came back with guilty verdicts on all 30 counts, including bombing in a public place, weapons of mass destruction, possession of a firearm in a crime that resulted in death, and many others.

Some of the other charges Dzhokhar has been found GUILTY of include: conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, use of a weapon of mass destruction (pressure cooker #1) as well as aiding and abetting, use and carry of firearm (pressure cooker #1) during crime of violence with weapon of mass destruction, use of a weapon of mass destruction (pressure cooker #2) as well as aiding and abetting, “use and Carry” of firearm (pressure cooker #2) during crime of violence with weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to bomb a place of public use, and many more.

A total of 17 charges included the possibility of death penalty as a sentencing, and Dzhokar has been found guilty of all 17 of those counts.

As the jury’s decision was read in court, it was reported that Dzhokar stood with his head down and refusing to look at the jury as they repeatedly declared him guilty. It was also reported that his hands were clasped in front of him, and he began fidgeting and showing discomfort once the counts reached the late teens.

The decision came after weeks of emotionally charged testimonies, including graphic photos and videos of the victims of the Apr.15, 2013, attacks. The jury heard testimony from survivors and families of victims of the two pressure-cooker bombs that exploded, ultimately killing 3 and injuring over 250 others, according to CNN.

Dzhokhar’s Defense Tried To Blame His Brother

Dzhokhar’s defense stated that his older brother, 26-year old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was the instigator of the plot and that Dzhokhar was just following his brother’s lead. Tamerlan was killed in a shootout with the police days after the terror attack. However, the jury has decided that Dzhokhar was just as involved and guilty as his older brother.

In total, Dzhokhar was accused of 30 counts, including one of terrorism. Seventeen of the charges each carry a sentence of death or life imprisonment — something that will be decided in the “penalty phase,” where evidence will be presented to see if he is deserving of life imprisonment or the death penalty.

As you  might remember, Dzhokhar was arrested after he was discovered hiding in a boat in Watertown, Mass. on April 19, 2013. He was wounded in the police firefight that killed brother and was apprehended after an initial stand-off that left the city of Boston paralyzed for days.

Dzhokhar reportedly told authorities that he and his brother, both of Chechnen decent, were radicalized by the lectures of al-Quaeda figurehead Anwar al-Awlaki.

Our thoughts go out to the Boston Marathon bombing victims, family, friends at this time.

— Lauren Cox