Dzhokhar Tsarnaev convicted in Boston Marathon bombing


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Submitted: Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:39pm By:

By The Associated Press

5:20 p.m.

Federal prosecutors say they are “gratified” by the guilty verdict against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and thank everyone who played a role.

U.S. Attorney Carmez Ortiz says in a statement that prosecutors are now focused on “the work that remains to be done.” She declined to comment further because the trial is continuing.

In the next phase, which could begin as early as Monday, the jury will hear evidence on whether Tsarnaev should get the death penalty or spend the rest of his life in prison.

He was convicted Wednesday on all 30 counts he faced for the twin bombings in April 2013 at the finish line of the race.

His lawyers left the courthouse without commenting.

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4:08 p.m.

Karen Brassard, a New Hampshire woman who was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing, says the guilty verdict will help victims move on with their lives.

Brassard says Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s conviction isn’t “a happy occasion” for the victims, but it’s “one more step behind us.”

Brassard, her adult daughter and her husband were all injured in the twin bombings near the marathon finish line in April 2013. She and her daughter received shrapnel injuries, while her husband suffered a severed artery.

Brassard says Tsarnaev appeared “arrogant” and “completely disinterested” during the trial, so she wasn’t surprised when she didn’t see any remorse on his face when the verdicts were read.

She says she’s grateful that Tsarnaev is off the streets.

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3:02 p.m.

The mother of one of the Boston Marathon bombing victims wiped tears from her face after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted on all 30 counts against him.

Denise Richard’s 8-year-old son, Martin, was one of the three people killed when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the marathon finish line in April 2013.

Her husband, Bill Richard, embraced one of the prosecutors after the jury left the courtroom.

Tsarnaev was found guilty Wednesday on charges that included conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction.

He folded his arms, fidgeted and looked down at the defense table as he listened to one guilty verdict after another.

In Russia, Tsarnaev’s father told The Associated Press in recent days that he would have no comment.

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2:38 p.m.

A jury has convicted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of all 30 counts he faced stemming from the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon.

Tsarnaev was found guilty Wednesday on charges that included conspiracy and use of a weapon of mass destruction. Of the 30 charges, 17 are punishable by death.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers admitted he participated in the bombings, but said his now-dead older brother was the driving force behind the deadly attack.

In the next phase of the trial, the jury will hear evidence on whether Tsarnaev should get the death penalty or spend the rest of his life in prison.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the marathon finish line on April 15, 2013.

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2:13 p.m.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been convicted in the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon.

A federal jury found Tsarnaev guilty Wednesday in the 2013 terror attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260. He kept his hands folded in front of him and looked down at the defense table as the guilty verdicts were read.

The jury will now decide whether the 21-year-old former college student should be sentenced to death or receive life in prison.

Tsarnaev’s conviction was widely expected, given his lawyer’s startling admission during opening statements that he took part in the bombing. But the lawyer also argued that Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan, masterminded the attack and enlisted his then-19-year-old brother to help.

Prosecutors portrayed the brothers as full partners in a plan to retaliate against the U.S. for its wars in Muslim countries.

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