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May 18, 2015 10:54 AM

What's next? Completed jury slip in Tsarnaev sentencing released


BOSTON - The completed form filled out by the jurors who convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and sentenced him to death has been released.


Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by lethal injection, but he won't be executed for years - maybe decades - as the appeals process runs its course. The next step is a formal imposition of the sentence. Sentencing is expected this summer. At that time, jurors will be given the opportunity to address Tsarnaev and the court with victim impact statements.

Tsarnaev will also be allowed to speak if he chooses.


The U.S. Bureau of Prisons could send Tsarnaev to the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, which has a special unit for death row inmates and is where Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was executed. If he had been sentenced to life, he would likely have been sent to the U.S. Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility in Florence, Colorado. The Supermax prison is the highest-security prison in the country and houses some of the country's most notorious criminals, including Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, Atlanta Olympics bomber Eric Rudolph and 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui.


Tsarnaev could spend years appealing his death sentence. Seventy-four people have been sentenced to death since the federal death penalty was reinstated in 1988, but only three have been executed. Tsarnaev's lawyers fought unsuccessfully to move his trial out of Massachusetts, where they argued there was too much of an emotional impact to find truly impartial jurors. The change-of-venue issue may be one of the grounds for appeal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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