WASHINGTON—Attorney General Eric Holder today released the following statement regarding the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:
The Boston Marathon Bomber who killed three people and wounded 260 will face the death penalty. On Thursday, federal prosecutors announced that they would be seeking the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20. Seventeen of the thrity federal charges against him – including the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill – carries the possibility of such a sentence.
Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty. A trial date has not been set.
Tsarnaev and his 26 year old brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, both ethnic Chechens from Russia who had been living in the Boston area for around a decade planted two pressure cooker bombs near the marathon finish line in April to retaliate against US military action in Muslim countries.
In the race to track down the bombers, Tamerlan was shot and died during a confrontation with police. Dzhokar Tsarnaev escaped on foot and hid out in a boat until a massive manhunt that shut down the Boston area ended with his capture.
Killed in the bombings were: Martin Richard, 8, of Boston; Krystle Campbell, 29, of Medford; and Lu Lingzi, 23, a Boston University graduate student from Shenyang, China. At least 16 others lost limbs.