( 4UMF NEWS ) Boston Marathon Bomber Sentenced To Death:
The Boston Marathon bomber was sentenced Friday to join his brother in hell for a brutal attack at the finish line that shook the nation to the core.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as he did throughout his trial, showed little emotion as the jury sentenced him to death for his crimes.
Tieless in a dark jacket and gray shirt, Tsarnaev glanced up from time to time but otherwise kept his head down as the jurors were polled.
When it was over, the Islamic fanatic made an odd gesture — he appeared to clap just before the court officers slapped on the handcuffs.
Then he was led out of the courtroom while some of the people who were maimed by his pressure-cooker bombs watched him go, some of them with tears in their eyes.
There was no clapping or celebrating as the historic weight of what happened settled on the courtroom.
It was the most high-profile terrorism trial in the U.S. since the Oklahoma City bombing case two decades ago and set the stage for the first execution of a convicted terrorist since the 9/11 attacks.
Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was executed in June 2001. It will likely be several years — and numerous appeals — before Tsarnaev is executed by lethal injection.
Also, Tsarnaev still faces a separate trial in nearby Middlesex County for the murder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus cop Sean Collier.
In the meantime, Tsarnaev will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals.
It took the jury a little over 14 hours to decide that the now 21-year-old Chechen immigrant deserves the death penalty — and that life in prison was too small a price to pay.
Judge George O’Toole thanked them for their service.
“Justice is not always swift,” the judge said. “I appreciate your enduring patience.”
The judge also praised Tsarnaev for his “composure and propriety both in the courtroom and outside the presence of the jury.”
It was odd praise for Tsarnaev, who did not utter a word of remorse in the courtroom and apologized only for giving the middle finger to a camera in his cell on the day he was arraigned for the bombings.
His brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a shootout with cops several days after the April 15, 2013 bombings.
Sitting just 20 feet away from Tsarnaev were the parents of 8-year-old bombing victim Martin Richard. In an emotional essay published in the Boston Globe, Bill and Denise Richard urged the feds to take the death penalty off the table.
They sat stoically and together as the jury decided otherwise.
Liz Norden, whose sons were maimed by the Tsarnaev’s shrapnel-packed bombs and who favored the death penalty, continued to cry after the verdict was read.
“Now he will go away and we will be able to move on,” said bombing victim Sydney Corcoran, who nearly bled to death and whose mother lost both legs. “Justice. In his own words, ‘an eye for an eye’.”
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said justice was done.
“We know all too well that no verdict can heal the souls of those who lost loved ones, nor the minds and bodies of those who suffered life-changing injuries from this cowardly attack,” she said in a statement. “But the ultimate penalty is a fitting punishment for this horrific crime and we hope that the completion of this prosecution will bring some measure of closure to the victims and their families.”
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh echoed Lynch, saying he hoped this “provides a small amount of closure to the survivors” and their families.
Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. Attorney in Boston, said “this is not a day for celebration” and said what the Tsarnaev brothers did was not a reflection on Islam.
“This was not a religious crime, this was a political crime,” she said.
In the Russian region of Dagestan, Tsarnaev’s father, Anzor, groaned when an Associated Press reporter called him with the news and then hung up the phone.
Tsarnaev’s defense team left the courthouse without comment.
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