A federalÂ jury in Boston has sentenced Dzohkhar Tsarnaev to death. The jury reached its unanimousÂ decision FridayÂ afternoon.
The 21-year-old Tsarnaev wasÂ responsible, along with his older brother Tamerlan, for the April 15, 2013, attack on the Boston Marathon. The bombingÂ left three people dead, including an eight-year-old boy, and over 200 injured.
This is the same jury that last month found Tsarnaev guilty ofÂ all 30 charges against him, 17 of which were capital charges, meeting the legal requirements for the death penalty. These charges included conspiracy to use, and possession of, a weapon of mass destruction, possession and use of a firearm, and bombing of a public place.
The 12-person jury deliberated for 15 hours, according toÂ MSNBC.
During the sentencing phase of the trial Tsarnaev’s defense attorneysÂ emphasized that Tsarnaev had beenÂ in thrall to the influence of his older brother, Tamerlan, who died in a standoff with police. Defense attorney David I. Bruck arguedÂ that life in the federal “supermax” prison would have been sufficient punishment, and would deny Tsarnaev the publicity he would receive from a protracted appeals process.
During arguments, BruckÂ showed jurors a picture of the cramped, virtually sunless cell Tsarnaev would spend the rest of his days.
âHe goes there and heâs forgotten,â Bruck said. âNo more [media] spotlight, like the death penalty brings. His legal case will be over for good, and no martyrdom. Just years and years of punishment, day after day, while he grows up to face the lonely struggle of dealing with what he did.â
Judy Clarke, Tsarnaev’s chief defense attorney, a leading expert on capital punishment, had previously represented, and saved from death row,Â Theodore Kaczynski, the “Unabomber,” andÂ Zacarias Moussaoui, the self-described â20th hijackerâ of the 9/11 attacks.
Tsarnaev would be the first prisoner executedÂ by the U.S. federal government since 2003.
This post has been updated.