Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, also known as the “Boston Bomber” had his fate decided by a jury today (May 15). The ruling was decided after Tsarnaev was found guilty on all 30 counts during the penalty phase of the trial. The jury, comprised of seven women and five men, found the death penalty “acceptable” for six of the seventeen death penalty eligible counts against Tsarnaev. The bombing resulted in 260 injured individuals and three deaths, one of which was an 8-year-old boy. Additionally, a MIT Campus officer was killed in a shootout four days after the bombings.
Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty, and stated that he was under the influence of his older brother, Tamerlan, who is also responsible for the blasts but was killed in the shootout. This defense was used in order to lower his chances of getting the death penalty.
When the verdict was read, Tsarnaev’s face had no reaction.