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Holder: Tsarnaev will face death penalty in Boston bombing case

Published time: January 30, 2014 19:28
AFP Photo / Timothy A. Clary

AFP Photo / Timothy A. Clary

United States Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday that the Department of Justice will seek the death penalty against Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the 20-year-old ethic Chechen man accused of being involved in last year’s deadly Boston Marathon bombing.

“After consideration of the relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant’s counsel, I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter,” Holder said in a brief statement released Thursday afternoon.

No trial is currently set for Tsarnaev, but the attorney general said prosecutors will ask that he be sentenced to die if he’s found guilty of using a weapon of mass destruction.

"The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision," Holder said in a statement released Thursday.

In an official Notice of Intent to Seek the Death Penalty filed in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Thursday, US attorney Carmen Ortiz wrote that Tsarnaev is worthy of execution because he intentionally killed, inflicted serious bodily injury and participated in acts that resulted in death.

“Tsarnaev intentionally and specifically engaged in acts of violence,” Ortiz wrote at one point, “knowing that the acts created a grave risk of death to a person or persons, other than one of the participants in the offense, such that the participation in the acts constituted a reckless disregard for human life.”

Ortiz added that Tsarnaev “betrayed his allegiance to the United States” by killing and maiming US citizens after receiving asylum, encouraged others to commit acts of violence and has shown no remorse for his alleged crimes.

Along with his late brother, Tamerlan, Tsarnaev is accused of carrying out an attack at the annual foot race last April that left three people dead and more than 260 others wounded. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died in a shoot-out with police days after the tragedy before his younger brother was apprehended.

In all, Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been charged with 30 federal counts regarding his alleged role in the attack.

Comments (79)


Patrick Echelon Kelley 29.03.2014 15:05

i must say, it doesn't matter what Putin says, or what Obama says, or what fox reads off teleprompters, or what CNN finds in the back dumpster from a Madlibs. They are all part of the same system, Its our jobs to inform people about one thing and one thing only, " The Illuminati "
world banking system owns you and everyone else that roams this planet. What will it take for some people to believe? I go to work everyday, listening to the sheep bahbahbahhh, they have no clue whats going on. It feels good to have stumbled on this RT news and see there are people that think like me. Only thing is we need to stand together


Blackberry 02.02.2014 09:12

Sam Nun 31.01.2014 09:19

Th is is very normal here. They would believe that it was an inside job; the same as 9/11, and they believe that Qaeda and US are buddies. Get used to it and enjoy reading the nonsense; it is kind of comedy!


Carry on soaking up the news from Fox and CNN written by the same journalists word for word.

One day maybe you will grow up pal & seek the truth, hopefully


DS 31.01.2014 19:26

Wonder why he's outlived his buddy murdered by FBI down in Orlando?

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