Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death by a jury of seven women and five men. The much-anticipated verdict came after 14 hours of deliberations, with a mixed reaction on Twitter.
— Jakub Pogubila (@JPogubila) May 15, 2015
No one should have the right to kill another person – not even the state. #Tsarnaev
— Lady Dinosaur (@thirdorchid) May 15, 2015
According to ABC News, Tsarnaev, 21, stood with his hands folded and showed no visible reaction while the sentence was read. Although there are many who are pleased that Tsarnaev was sentenced to death, it’s likely he will spend many years in jail. It could be the first federal execution in the nation for a post 9/11 terrorist, but before he is executed by lethal injection, there will be lengthy appeals process.
Boston.com reports that the case of the young man known as the “Boston Bomber” will be automatically appealed to a higher federal court, and there is a high probability that there will be additional appeals that will take many years to resolve. In addition to the appeals, the federal government currently has a moratorium on all executions.
The death penalty is never a fitting punishment (murder is murder), but it might be argued it’s a fitting revenge when in a rage.
— Malcolm Spark (@MalcolmSpark) May 15, 2015
The last death row execution took place on March 18, 2003, when Louis Jones, Jr. was executed by lethal injection. After convicted kidnapper Victor Feguer was put to death by hanging on March 15, 1963, there were no federal executions until 2001 when Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, and Juan Raul Garza, a drug smuggler and convicted murderer, were executed by lethal injection.
— Jonathan Koltermann (@J_KoltPolitical) May 15, 2015
To those who say killing for killing is inappropriate let us remember that terrorism is beyond murder #Tsarnaev
— Moody Alex (@moody_blx) May 15, 2015
Amidst a flurry of tweets about the verdict, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh issued a statement about the outcome of the Tsarnaev trial.
“I hope this verdict provides a small amount of closure… We will forever remember and honour those who lost their lives and were affected by those senseless acts of violence on our city.”
While he awaits execution, it is expected that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will be locked up at the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, where he will be the youngest inmate on death row.
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