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Boston Marathon Bomber Sentenced To Death

Convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (file photo)

A U.S. jury has sentenced convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death by lethal injection.

The panel reached the decision on May 15 after 14 hours of deliberation.

As the sentence was read, the 21-year-old Tsarnaev bowed his head but showed no emotion, while victims and their family members sobbed.

The jury had to be unanimous for Tsarnaev to get the death penalty. Otherwise, he would have automatically received a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Three people were killed and more than 260 wounded when two bombs exploded at the finish of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.

The defense sought to save Tsarnaev’s life by pinning most of the blame on his radicalized late older brother, Tamerlan.

Prosecutors argued the defendant wanted to cause his victims as much physical pain as possible to make a political statement and showed no remorse after the bombings.

After the verdict, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch welcomed the jury's decision.

Lynch said that the ultimate penalty is a "fitting punishment for this horrific crime."

Meanwhile, U.S. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Carlin said Tsarnaev was "an unrepentant terrorist held to account by a justice system that provides due process of law even to those who commit the most horrific offenses."

And Boston Mayor Marty Walsh expressed hope that the verdict provides "a small amount of closure to the survivors, families, and all impacted" by the tragedy.

The case is expected to go through years of appeals.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP