After two years, justice is restored in Boston. A federal jury of seven women and five men sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the young men responsible for the horrific bombing of the Boston marathon, to the death penalty.
The jury, who deliberated for more than 14 hours, turned away mercy from the bombers lawyers including the centerpiece of the case that Tsarnaevs older brother, Tamerlan, had held a vengeful sway over him and led him into committing the crimes. As the verdict was read, the 21-year-old bomber did not display any sign of emotion.
The six counts that brought Tsarnaevs death sentence all relate to the second of two pressure-cooker bombs, which caused the explosion on Boylston Street in front of the Forum restaurant on April 15, 2013.
According to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, the death sentence was the result of an impartial trial.
Even in the wake of horror or tragedy we are not intimidated by acts of terror or radical ideas.
The bombings were not a religious crime, even though the bombers claimed to represent Islam. It was a political crime committed by a pair of adults who adopted an ideology of hate. . . its time to turn the page in this chapter.
Although the jury made its decision, there are many people (including some victims) who believe that the death penalty was too easy of a punishment and that Tsarnaev deserves life in prison-thus making this a controversial issue.
Happy is not the word I would use, said Karen Brassard, a victim who suffered grievous leg injuries in the bombing. Theres nothing happy about having to take somebodys life. Im satisfied, Im grateful that they came to that conclusion, because for me I think it was the just conclusion.
Other victims turned to social media and celebrated the verdict, including Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who was with her husband, Adam Davis, at the finish line, applauded the death sentence on her Twitter account.
My heart is with our entire survivor community. I am thrilled with the verdict! #bostonstrong #bostonsafer
AdrianneHD (@AdrianneHaslet) May 15, 2015
Nevertheless, the death penalty remains highly controversial in Massachusetts, which has not put anyone to death in almost 70 years and also abolished capital punishment for state crimes in 1984.
Although there is a sense of relief in Boston, there is little peace.
Watch the press conference after the death penalty decision via YouTube, below:
Featured Image courtesy of CBS Boston