A federal jury has just sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the brothers responsible for the gruesome Boston Marathon bombing of 2013, to death. This marks the first time since 9/11 that federal prosecutors have won the death penalty in a terrorism case.
Tsarnaev was said to show no visible reaction to the sentencing.
The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for more than 14 hours before coming to its decision. The decision for Tsarnaev to receive the death penalty had to be reached unanimously; otherwise, he would have been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
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Last month, Tsarnaev was convicted of all 30 federal charges against him. He faced the possibility of death on 17 charges and was sentenced to death on six of them.
Tsarnaev will be transferred to a Supermax prison in Indiana, where he will stay until he is put to death by lethal injection–though his attorneys are expected to appeal the sentence.
Three people were killed, and more than 260 were wounded by the explosions of the two pressure-cooker bombs the Tsarnaevs planted.
Victims of the bombing were split over the sentence. Some argued that Tsarnaev deserved the death penalty, while others asked that his life be spared.
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