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May 15, 2015 3:33 PM

Jury sentences Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death


BOSTON - Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death.

The jury reached a verdict in the penalty phase of the Boston Marathon bombings trial of Tsarnaev after more than 14 hours of deliberations.

Jurors imposed the death penalty only on counts regarding Tsarnaev's bomb "Pressure Cooker 2." It required a unanimous decision on death for one count for the death penalty to be imposed.

Jurors had to look at 17 capital counts separately and had to be unanimous on at least one of four so-called "gateway" factors.

They had to consider the aggravating factors, namely the crimes committed. Finally, they had to consider 21 mitigating factors, such as his age and the influence of his brother Tamerlan.

The 21-year-old Tsarnaev was convicted last month of all 30 federal charges against him, 17 of which carried the possibility of the death penalty.

The bombing killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Tsarnaev killed a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer days later.

The defense sought to save Tsarnaev's life by pinning most of the blame on his radicalized older brother.

But prosecutors portrayed Tsarnaev as an equal partner in the attack and so heartless he placed a bomb behind children, killing an 8-year-old boy.


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