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  1. A jury has sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, to the death penalty after two days of deliberations
  2. Tsarnaev was found guilty in April of all 30 charges against him by the same jury
  3. The April 2013 bombings killed three people and injured more than 260 people
  4. Tsarnaev will be sent to a prison in Indiana to await lethal injection

Live Reporting

By Tom Geoghegan, Taylor Kate Brown and Ashley Gold

All times stated are UK

And that wraps up our coverage of the Boston bombing sentencing.

You can follow further developments


"I have many conflicted emotions today" one bombing victim says outside the courthouse, saying she will continue to receive notices about appeals in the case,

"That personally is something I was hoping to avoid... this seems like a burden that will drag on."

'Ideology of hate'

Massachusetts US Attorney Carmen Ortiz said the Tsarnaev trial "showed the world what a fair jury trial is like".

"Even the worst of the worst deserve a fair trial... he will pay with his life for his crimes."

She added Tsarnaev's crime was not religious and does not reflect Muslim beliefs, but rather an ideology of hate.

Support for a death penalty sentence for Tsarnaev has decreased in recent months in Massachusetts, the

Boston Globe reports.

Among those who testified for Tsarnaev's life to be spared was death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean, who was made famous by the movie Dead Man Walking.

death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean, center, as she departs federal court in Boston after testifying during the penalty phase in Dzhokhar Tsarnaev"s trial Monday, May 11, 2015.

Another Boston resident, Mohamed Bensadoc, 20, says he thinks the sentence is "fair, I guess... because of the scale of what he did".

'He should die'

Tara McKelvey

BBC News, Boston

is speaking to people in Boston about the sentence.

"I wasn't surprised, no," says Matt Strom, 41, adding that he doesn't have a problem with the death sentence. "He's a dirt bag. He's a horrible person to do that to a bunch of innocent people."

Was justice served? "There's no way to get back the lives that were ended, so having his ended is, I guess, part of it. But I feel like there should be more."

Like what? "I wish - it's bad but I don't know - I wish he could die as many times. Maybe before he dies, somebody should blow his legs off."

Tsarnaev stood with his lawyers when he heard his fate in court.

Tsarnaev in court

Who is Dzhokar Tsarnaev?

Our profile covers who he was before the bombings and what happened immediately afterwards.



One of the victims mentioned in the trial was Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) officer Sean Collier, who was shot and killed by the Tsarnaevs in the days after the bombing.

MIT Police Chief John DiFava said in a

statement: "I hope that the conclusion of the trial and the subsequent verdict can offer some kind of closure, no matter how small."

Father's reaction

An AP reporter was the first to tell Anzor Tsarnaev, his father who lives in the Dagestan region of Russia, about Friday's verdict in Massachusetts.

He moaned deeply on hearing the news and hung up, the AP reports.

Rajini Vaidyanathan

BBC News

tweets: The family of the youngest victim, Martin Richard, argued against death penalty for #Tsarnaev

A point of clarification - Massachusetts as a state ended the death penalty in 1984, but Tsarnaev was tried on federal charges, meaning he was eligible for execution as a sentence.

There are 61 inmates currently on death row in the federal prison system - not including Tsarnaev or military cases. The last federal execution was in 2003.

The defence team for Tsarnaev has not spoken to the media.

Reporter Jim Armstrong

tweets: "Ok, entire #Tsarnaev defense team has now left court without making comment."

Defence team walks away

Another injured victim, Rebekah Gregory,

tweets: "Completely numb... and waiting anxiously for the day this is really over. My heart and prayers are with my Boylston Street family. <3"

Jon Sopel

BBC North America Editor

The irony of sentencing Tsarnaev to death is that this is not the end of the legal road. He'll be able to appeal against the death penalty and that process could take years, whereas if he had been sentenced to life imprisonment that would have been that.

Outside court, people reacted to the news as the sentence was announced.

Karen Snyder, right, and Kathryn Vanwie

More about Judy Clarke

Defence lawyer Judy Clarke calls the death penalty "legalised homicide".

She has been successful in avoiding such a fate for many previous high-profile clients, including Ted Kaczynski (the Unabomber), Eric Rudolph, who bombed the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and Jared Lee Loughner, the Arizona gunman who killed six and injured US Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

A Vanity Fair

profile said that "with Clarke in [Tsarnaev's] corner, it is doubtful that Tsarnaev will ever be put to death for the crime, even if he gets it in his head that he wants to be".

Reporters in the courtroom said Clarke put her hand over her mouth when the foreman read the sentence.

A makeshift memorial after the bombing was featured in an exhibit at Boston Public Library.


What next for Tsarnaev?

He is likely to be moved to a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, to await execution by lethal injection.


an explainer on how he will spend his final days.

Tsarnaev may receive a lethal injection inside this death chamber at a federal prison in Indiana
The death chamber at a federal prison in Indiana

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh: "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."

Writer Nicky Woolf

tweets: " This is the first time any client of Judy Clarke's has got the death penalty. #Tsarnaev

Judy Clarke (R) and David Brock, defense attorneys for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, walk into the federal courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts May 15, 2015.

Reporters in court said Tsarnaev showed no emotion but later sat with his head down. Some jurors wiped away tears.

Three people were killed that day and many more were injured.

Boston finish line

Rajini Vaidyanathan

BBC News

tweets: "Massachusetts is a liberal state, but many I spoke to when I was last in #Boston felt death penalty was the only way to punish #Tsarnaev."

Amnesty International says it "condemns the bombings" but said the death penalty was "not justice".

"It will only compound the violence, and it will not deter others from committing similar crimes in the future.

"It is outrageous that the federal government imposes this cruel and inhuman punishment, particularly when the people of Massachusetts have abolished it in their state."

Paul Blake

BBC News, Boston

Opposite the court house, across the bay, at a touristy dock area, groups of pedestrians have gathered around reporters to hear the details. Many are asking: "What's going on?" and then stay when they hear the news. Helicopters buzz overhead.

Jim Armstrong of CBS affiliate WBZ, from inside court,


Judge: the defendant is in custody of the US Marshals.

He walks solemnly out.

A photo taken by a bystander showed the two Tsarnaev brothers in the crowd before the bombings.


"This is very unlikely to be the end of the legal process" BBC's Gary O'Donoghue says outside court, adding appeals for years are likely.

"We know all too well that no verdict can heal the souls of those who lost loved ones, nor the minds and bodies of those who suffered life-changing injuries from this cowardly attack," Attorney General Loretta Lynch says in a statement.

"But the ultimate penalty is a fitting punishment for this horrific crime and we hope that the completion of this prosecution will bring some measure of closure to the victims and their families."

Injured victim of the bombing Sydney Corcoran

tweets: "He took away his own right to live."

All jurors found Tsarnaev had "no remorse" about the crime. But three believe his brother Tamerlan "planned, led and directed" the bombing.

Boston reporter Jim Armstong

tweets: again: #Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death. silence in the courtroom. silence."

BreakingBreaking News

Tsarnaev has been sentenced to death

A protester holds a Boston Marathon medal outside the courthouse as the jury announces its verdict


Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced for his role in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.