Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted as guilty on all 30 charges against him. He is punishable by death for 17 of the 30 counts. All that is left now is for a Federal Jury to decide whether he must be executed.
The trail lasted for 15 days during which the government called 92 witnesses, displaying a gruesome scene of torn-off limbs, blood-spattered pavement, ghastly screams and the smell of sulfur and burned hair.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev are blamed to have planned and executed the Boston Bombings that took place on April 15, 2013 which killed 3 people. One police officer was also killed in the April 19th gunfight to capture Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tamerlan was killed during the shootout. Apart from this around 264 people were injured during the bombings and 16 police officers during the gunfight.
The defense are trying to save the life Dzhokhar Tsarnaev arguing that Dzhokhar was acting on the behalf of his brother.
The verdict was welcomed by the victims of the incident.
“Today’s verdict will never replace the lives that were lost and so dramatically changed, but it is a relief, and one step closer to closure,” victim Jeff Bauman said in a statement on Facebook. Bauman lost both legs in the first of the two explosions on Boylston Street.
Heather Abbott, who lost her left leg below the knee in the bombings, thanked supporters of the victims in a Facebook post.
“Nothing can ever replace the lives that were lost or changed forever, but at least there is some relief in knowing that justice is served and responsibility will be taken,” Abbott wrote.
“Guilty like we all knew he would be. Great jurors,” said Sydney Corcoran, who nearly bled to death after shrapnel severed a major artery.
Karen Brassard, who suffered wounds on her legs, said: “It’s not a happy occasion, but it’s something. … One more step behind us.”
As the verdict was read 21-year-old Dzhokhar folded his arms, fidgeted and looked down at the defense table as he listened to one guilty verdict after another.