By Shane Nicholson
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death by a jury in Boston this afternoon.
U.S. Government prosecutors had sought the death penalty for Tsarnaev, the younger brother of bomber Tamerlan who was killed following a gunfight with police days after the bombing, after he was found guilty on April 8 of setting the pressure cooker bombs which killed three people at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon: 8-year-old Martin Richard, 29-year-old Krystle Marie Campbell and 23-year-old Lingzi Lu.
State charges are pending in the murder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier.
Jude George O’Toole commended the jury following the verdict, saying, “On behalf of the community, you have made careful, rational solemn judgement about life or death.”
He continued: “The inconvenience of all of you serving on this jury has been considerable.”
Jury polling showed all 12 members favored the death penalty punishment.
Only three federal cases have resulted in death penalty verdicts since the punishment was reinstated in 1988.
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