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Boston bomber found guilty on multiple charges, jury to consider death penalty

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2015 | 1:29 PM
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old man charged in connection with the Boston Marathon bombing has been found guilty on all 30 charges including murder, bombing a place of public use resulting in death, aiding and abetting and numerous other charges.

Tsarvaev is eligible to face the death penalty and a jury is to weigh whether it is to be imposed.

On April 14, 2013, two bombs exploded in the packed streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon killing two people and injuring more than 100 others.

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It was a terrifying scene of shattered glass, bloodstained pavement and severed limbs at the world's oldest and most prestigious marathon, authorities said.

At the time, a senior United States intelligence official said two other bombs were found near the end of the 26.2-mile (42-kilometre) course.

Prosecutors say Dzhokhar now  21, and his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev - ethnic Chechens who had lived in the United States for about a decade - carried out the bombings as retaliation for United States (US) actions in Muslim countries.

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They are also accused of killing a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer. Tamerlan, 26, died after a firefight with police several days after the bombings.

Dzhokhar was captured later that day, wounded and bloodied, hiding inside a boat stored in a suburban yard. Prosecutors said he described a motive in a note written in the boat: "The US Government is killing our innocent civilians" and "We Muslims are one body, you hurt one you hurt us all."