Boston bomber sentenced to death

This file photo provided Friday, April 19, 2013 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. | AP Photo

(WRIC) — The Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death.

The jury panel of 12 men and women handed down the verdict at roughly 3:30 Friday afternoon.

At 21, Tsarnaev will become the youngest person on death row.

The jury convicted Tsarnaev on all 30 charges against him, 17 of which carry the possibility of the death penalty, but jurors had to come to a unanimous decision for it to be imposed.

The jury worked through a 24-page verdict form, in which they were asked to decide on 12 aggravating factors prosecutors said support capital punishment and 21 mitigating factors Tsarnaev’s lawyers said support a decision to sentence him to life in prison.

During the course of the four-month trial, the prosecution laid out their case that Tsarnaev deserves to be punished by way of lethal injection. Throughout the penalty phase, they painted him as a cold, ruthless terrorist by reminding jurors of the pain and suffering he caused. They showed photos and videos of the victims, and called on survivors of the bombings and relatives of the victims to testify.

Tsarnaev’s defense team admitted during the trial that he and Tamerlan carried out the attack, but argued that he doesn’t deserve to die because the entire thing was masterminded by his brother. The lawyers called more than 40 witnesses to the stand during the penalty phase as they tried to portray the younger Tsarnaev as a naive college kid who was brainwashed by his brother.

Tamerlan, 26, died in a shootout with police days after the attack.

The defense rested their case Monday after calling famed death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean to the stand in a final push to spare Tsarnaev’s life. The Roman Catholic nun was made famous by the 1995 movie “Dead Man Walking.”

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