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- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Boston Marathon Bomber)
- April 15, 2013
- Murder, Bombing, Weapons and Conspiracy
- Sentenced to Death
The arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:
It was perhaps the most dramatic and shocking terrorist attack on U.S. soil since Nine Eleven. There - at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013 - as fans cheered the runners on, a backpack containing a pressure cooker full of shrapnel exploded…
…ripping into the innocent bystanders.
Three people, Kristie Campbell, Martin Richard and Lu Lingzi, were killed.
Dozens of others were injured, some losing limbs.
Authorities swung into action and started viewing recordings from the security cameras in the area.
And after a couple of days, they narrowed it down to two suspects, a couple of brothers who'd come to the U.S. from Chechnya, Russia.
They immigrated to the U.S. in 2002 and learned their pressure cooking bomb making techniques from an Al Qaeda magazine. The FBI said the two brothers were motivated by Islamic extremist beliefs, but were not linked to any specific terror group.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was the older one. He made a reputation for himself as a boxer in the Boston area.
His younger brother Dzhokhar was a student at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
The two brothers went into hiding and plotted their escape from Boston. But they were spotted by Sean Collier, a policeman at M.I.T, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whom they shot dead.
Now the chase was on and the older brother died –run over in the street by his kid brother. These are the dead terrorist's remains.
During the search for the other brother, residents in Watertown and Boston were asked to stay indoors. The suspect was found in a boat parked near a Watertown home.
He was named in thirty charges relating to homegrown terrorism. At Dzokhar's trial, his defense team couldn't dispute he was at the scene and that he helped deliver the deadly bomb. They tried to convince the jurors that he was influenced by his older brother and was just a follower.
But it didn't work.
Dzhokhar was convicted of 30 counts, including murder, bombing, weapons and conspiracy.
A few weeks later he was sentenced to death by lethal injection. The sentence is subject to automatic appeal.
Unrepentant, he was on Death Row, awaiting an execution date.
However, just before the judge formally sentenced him to death, Tsarnaev broke his more than two year silence and apologized to the victims and their loved ones for the first time.
And then, U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr. pronounced his execution and Tsarnaev looked down and rubbed his hands together. It could take years or even decades for his mandatory appeals to work their way through the courts.
Tsarnaev was sent to the death row unit at the federal Supermax prison in Colorado, which housed other resident terrorists like "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, "shoe bomber" Richard Reid and Nine Eleven conspirator Zacharias Moussaoui.
Tsarnaev now awaits lethal injection.