Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death.
Tsarnaev, who was convicted last month of 17 capital charges, was sentenced to death for six of them. Jurors deliberated for about 14 hours over the course of three days. He showed no visible reaction as the sentence was read aloud.
With the death sentence, Tsarnaev’s case will automatically be appealed to a higher federal court. That likely begins a series of appeals that could take years to resolve.
The federal government currently has a moratorium on all executions, and has not executed a death row inmate since 2003. Timothy McVeigh, convicted in the Oklahoma City bombing, was executed in 2001 after spending four years on federal death row.
The Boston bombings were caused by Tsarnaev, they took innocent lives and they were nothing more than a horrific, cowardly act, acted out by two, young extremists.