On Friday, a federal jury sentenced Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death. After the verdict was published, there was no visible reaction from Tsarnaev; however, several survivors and relatives of victims dabbed tears in the quiet courtroom. The verdict marked the first time in the post-9/11 era that federal prosecutors have won the death penalty in a terrorism case.
The six counts that brought Tsarnaev a death sentence all related to the second of two pressure-cooker bombs, which caused the explosion on Boylston Street in front of the Forum restaurant on April 15, 2013. He was not sentenced to death for the first bomb, which was planted by his brother, Tamerlan, nor for the shooting death of MIT officer Sean Collier.
Tsarnaev will likely be sent to death row in Terre Haute, Indiana, but his final destination will not be known until after the judge formally sentences him in court. No sentencing date has been set.
U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole thanked the defendant’s lawyers and added, “Mr. Tsarnaev has comported himself with propriety.” When the jury left the courtroom one last time, O’Toole said, “And so, jurors, this is it.” As U.S. marshals stepped forward to take Tsarnaev away, he gave a wry smile.