Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tsarnaev Found Guilty in Boston Marathon Trial; Next Phase Decides If Islamic Radical Gets Death

A federal jury today (April 8, 2015) found 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty in the twin bombings of the Boston Marathon two years ago, convicting a young man who had embraced radical Islam and carried out one of the worst acts of terrorism on U.S. soil since September 11, 2001, according to the Washington Post website.

Tsarnaev was charged with 30 counts -- including 17 that carry the death penalty -- and found guilty on each one of them. Among the most serious charges, he was convicted of using a weapon of mass destruction that resulted in the deaths of three people and, separately, of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer.

The conviction sets up the second phase of the trial, in which the same jury will decide whether Tsarnaev spends the rest of his life in a maximum-security prison or dies by lethal injection.

The penalty phase is expected to begin next week, with closing arguments probably taking place at the end of this month.

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