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U.S. government seeks death penalty for Boston bomber

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by Joseph Earnest  January 30, 2014


Newscast Media BOSTON—The Justice Department has recommended the death penalty for Dzokhar Tsarnaev, if found guilty of carrying out the bombings last April during the Boston Marathon.


Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, submitted a motion through federal prosecutors notifying the court of his intent to seek the death penalty for Tsarnaev for his role in the blasts that killed three people on April 15, 2013.


Tsarnaev along with his brother Tamerlan who died during a police shootout, are both Chechens from Russia.


The U.S. government is seeking the death penalty pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code Sections 3591 through 3598. (pop-up)


The offenses Tsarnaev is being accused of are: Conspiracy to Use A Weapon of Mass Destruction Resulting in Death; Use of A Weapon of Mass Destruction Resulting in Death; Possession and Use of a Firearm During and in Relation to a Crime of Violence Resulting in Death; Conspiracy to Bomb a Place of Public Use Resulting in Death; Bombing of a Place of Public Use Resulting in Death; and Malicious Destruction of Property Resulting in Personal Injury and Death, all of which carry a possible sentence of death.


 *Click here to read or download the death penalty motion. (pop-up)


Tsarnaev is also accused of participating in additional uncharged crimes of violence, including assault with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to maim, mayhem, and attempted murder, on April 15, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Add Comments>>












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